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Opening church doors on Easter Sunday

Today I wrote to the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, and also sent a version of this letter to Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, to ask the Government to consider opening church doors on Easter Sunday for private prayer.

Local Organisations: Coronavirus Update (COVID-19)

Coronavirus (COVID-19) is a new illness that can affect your lungs and airways. It’s caused by a virus called Coronavirus.

The Government is updating official advice many times each day.  I am in regular contact with Ministers over this crucial matter.

Local Organisations: Coronavirus Advice (COVID-19)

Coronavirus (COVID-19) is a new illness that can affect your lungs and airways. It’s caused by a virus called Coronavirus.

The Government is updating official advice many times each day.  I am in regular contact with Ministers over this crucial matter.

Social Mobility in the British Army

Today I raised social mobility in the British Army. I asked about number of serving officers that attended a state school and plans to increase the proportion.

The Minister acknowledged the role of our armed forces in social mobility. I'll write to him and get an answer on numbers.

Priority for Northern Ireland Veterans

During Defence questions, I asked the Minister for Veterans to assure the House that Northern Ireland Veterans would take priority in upcoming legislation due to their age and impending legal action.

Disappointed with response from Minister, will continue to press.

Citizens Advice Reception - helping to turn around lives

It was a pleasure to attend the Citizens Advice reception today.

Their dedication helps turn around lives in our area and across the UK.

Often when the future looks bleak, this service supports vulnerable people through difficult times.

Thank you for all the work you do.

Local attraction shortlisted for award

Well done to the Wild Place Project 'Bear Wood' for being shortlisted in the Outdoor Innovation category for The Climate Coalition #GreenHeartHero Awards.