Straight Talking - January Newsletter By Andrea Jenkyns MP
I hope you are keeping safe and well.
In this month's newsletter there are details of some zoom events I am organising, with a view to bringing key stakeholders together to support and promote business in our local area, and to help our local faith groups as they continue their work in our communities. Please see details below, and if you are a local business or faith leader, do not hesitate to sign up by contacting me.
Residents will know that the national lockdown is ongoing, and will be reviewed further towards the end of Feburary. At that stage, the UK is aiming to have the top 4 of the vulnerable groups vaccinated, and hopefully we will be seeing a clearer picture in the data that will allow us to chart a course to greater freedoms. I encourage everybody to follow the rules, and remember the basics: Hands, Face, Space.
Parents will be keen to know when their children may be able to return to school. Based on the current data the Government has set a target of March 8th for this, though depending on the data this may be reviewed.
Together we will help to surpress this virus, and I am genuinely excited by the success of our vaccine roll out, which I believe is finally giving us a route out of this pandemic. There are tough weeks ahead, but we will get through them - as always - together.
Faith Round Table
In the coming weeks I holding a round table discussion via zoom with local faith leaders of a wide range of religions, and the Minister for Communities, Lord Greenhalgh.
I hope this will be a positive opportunity to come together and hear how our communities have helped one another during these difficult times. This will also be a great opportunity to speak directly to the Minister to voice any difficulties or concerns that he may be able to assist with.
This will be held on Tuesday, February 9th at 11am. If you are a faith leader in our community please email: Andrea.Jenkyns.MP@Parliament.UK by 4pm on Monday 1st February with details of your place of worship, your phone number, and full name.
This week, we marked Holocaust Memorial Day,. We must always remember the victims of those who lost their lives in those awful years of terror, and I would like to pay tribute to those who survived and have shared their harrowing stories with us.
We must never forget, and never stay silent in the face of anti-Semitism. I joined with residents in lighting a candle in the memory of all those who lost their lives during the course of the Holocaust.
Reasons For Hope
Vaccine Roll Out: Huge Success
More than 7.4 MILLION people have received their first dose of vaccine, protecting those most at risk from coronavirus.
We in the UK are currently administering more than 250 vaccinations every minute, and have given a jab to more than 1 in 9 of our adult population.
We are currently vaccinating at a greater daily rate than anywhere in Europe – twice the rate of France, Spain, or Germany, and our progress means we are on track to offer everyone in the top four priority groups a jab by the middle of February.
Our area has a number of local vaccination hubs, including at the village hotel in Tingley where I am proud to say my mum got her jab yesterday! The NHS will invite you to book an appointment via phone or a letter. The vaccine is free, and residents are advised to watch out for online scams.
Just last night we got more great news. A new coronavirus vaccine, the Novavax jab, has shown to be 89.3% effective in large scale UK trails. This jab is also effective against the new virus varient found in the UK.
The doses are expected to be delivered later this year, if approved for use by the Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency.
The Government has moved quickly and already secured 60 million doses of this jab, which will be made in the North East of England, in addition to the 100s of millions of other jabs to maximise our supply and to keep this rapid progress coming.
I am genuinely hopeful that in the coming months, the vulnerable people in our communities will have received a vaccination, and we will be soon able to remove the restrictions and embrace normality once again.
Some residents have asked if the new COVID strain, first discovered by our UK scientists, will work with the vaccines. I am encouraged there is no evidence to suggest that this particular variant causes more severe illness or higher mortality, or that the vaccine would be any less effective against it.
If you are a business owner in Morley and Outwood, I would like to invite you to our next Q&A Forum with Minister Paul Scully on Friday 26th February at 5pm.
Paul is the Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS). The Q&As have proven to be an excellent opportunity for members to hear what the Government is doing to both support and promote business.
If you would like to join us, please let me know via email firstname.lastname@example.org. The Zoom link will be sent closer to the time.
New statistics show that over 6,620 extra officers have been recruited through the Conservative Government’s police recruitment drive, with 390 more in West Yorkshire alone.
Getting more police officers onto our streets is one of the people’s priorities, and so I am delighted that in just over one year, this Conservative Government has already delivered an extra 390 officers across West Yorkshire
Every one of these officers will make an enormous difference in helping to cut crime and keep people safe – and I know that many more will follow as this Government continues to deliver on its promise to recruit 20,000 more over the next three years
By backing our police with the funding, powers and resources they need, we are keeping the public and our communities safe, so that people everywhere can live their lives free from the fear of crime
I met recently for a very interesting discussion with the RSPCA regarding further protections for animals in the UK, focusing on gene editing.
As an animal lover, and vegetarian, I am keen to support animal welfare wherever I can. I would like to thank the RSPCA representatives for their informative briefing.
Labour's bogus council tax debate
Residents can read my article regarding Labour's attempt at creating disingenuous headlines on the back of a non-binding vote - these Parliamentary tricks, where Labour tries to con the voters, we have come to expect:
Like millions of others, I spend a lot of time in zoom meetings these days. I frequently attend the European Scrutiny Committee and surgeries with residents. I am always happy to help wherever I can.
If you have any issues I may be able to help with please don't hesitate to contact me: Andrea.Jenkyns.MP@Parliament.Uk
A massive thanks to Joey Youle for meeting to discuss the fantastic work Missing People do for those faced with the devastating impact of having someone go missing.
I was shocked to hear that of the 176k people reported missing, over 76k are children. I will champion their work to provide specialist support to people who are, or are at risk of going, missing
The Government’s main advice hub is here: https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus