Nigel Huddleston's Westminster Diary - The Evesham Observer

Nigel Huddleston's Westminster Diary

Evesham Editorial 10th Oct, 2020 Updated: 10th Oct, 2020   0

Evesham’s MP Nigel Huddleston writes for the Observer..

WE ALWAYS knew that the road to recovery from the pandemic would not be straightforward. As the days get colder and shorter, I want to remind my constituents that we do have to remain vigilant and should follow the updated guidance to minimise the risks to ourselves and others.

Back in Westminster, although not all MPs or staff are allowed into Parliament at the same time, it’s getting to more like business as usual. Earlier this month, we saw some progress as we come closer to the end of the transition period for leaving the EU. We have agreed a future trade deal with Japan and the Internal Market Bill has now had its third reading– setting out to ensure businesses will be able to continue trading seamlessly across the UK after we leave.

Even in Covid times, I was pleased that event organisers in the constituency have been exceptionally adaptable and did a fantastic job of organising various outdoor events and festivals over the past few weeks; the Evesham Medieval Market and the Community Market – held instead of SaltFest in Droitwich, and I was able to participate in a litter pick.  It’s taken a lot of hard work to make these events as Covid-safe as possible.

I recently had the opportunity to merge my role as Sports Minister and constituency MP on a sunny morning at the Ombersley Golf Club, and on a visit to Sixways Stadium, the home ground of the Worcester Warriors. I met with the owners and management team as we talked about the difficult challenges sports teams are facing as difficult decisions were made about when fans would be back in stadiums.

The discussions I’ve had recently with local businesses have been valuable and insightful into the challenges that industries face in the months ahead, and they have also demonstrated the determination and dedication from my constituents in making this ‘new normal’ work.

We all need to remember to do our bit – keep washing hands, social distancing and following the launch of the new app last week, I want to remind my constituents to download and help our contact tracing:


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