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MP for Rutland Alicia Kearns praises Queen's Honours recipients, new site for Rutland Kino cinema and businesses

The end of restrictions in England has been delayed, writes MP for Rutland, Alicia Kearns.

This is not good news, not just because of the delay to reopening all businesses, but because it means that the virus isn’t sufficiently under control to allow all social interactions to take place. I want to be very clear: I do not want to lock the country down and I don’t want the country to go backwards. By extending the present restrictions by four weeks (with a review after two), we are buying time. Buying time will mean that we can give everyone over 18 at least one dose of the vaccine. That will make it much safer when we do, finally, reopen and bring down the number of hospitalisations of under 65s that worryingly are taking place as the delta variant multiplies at pace across our country.

I love how this country recognises achievement – the Queen’s Honours List is one of the joys to read – it’s a collection of wonderful acts of kindness great and small.

Alicia Kearns
Alicia Kearns

Five Rutlanders have been recognised by The Queen this year – a remarkable achievement for our county! As we all know, there is much in little. From the incredible philanthropy of soon-to-be Sir William Adderley, through the community spirit of Ali Wainwright; the wonderful charity work of Dr Emma Egging; or the community services of Peter Lawson and Janet Thompson. All of these heroes have, through their selflessness, made all of our lives better. I congratulate and thank them all.

I expect that you have seen the Boundary Commission’s initial proposals for new Parliamentary constituencies, which propose to divide Rutland and Melton. It’s important to stress that these are just proposals, and I would urge you all to please respond to the consultation at www.bcereviews.org.uk.

Any change to constituency boundaries should be made with one thing in mind: protecting and enhancing services, and enhancing representation and support for all our residents. In the meantime, I very much remain the MP for Rutland and Melton and will not stop working hard to deliver the best for everyone in our communities.

The cinema will be called Rutland Kino
The cinema will be called Rutland Kino

Finally, I want to welcome the news about a new site for Rutland Kino - an absolute boon for Rutland, our first permanent cinema since the 80s based in Victoria Hall!

I love community cinemas and this will bring people into Oakham, offer more opportunities for fun for all of us, and create employment. In short, a fantastic win for the community!

It only remains to say that I hope you have a wonderful weekend. In the last week it’s been World Gin Day and World Beer day. So if you missed them, what better opportunity to enjoy the warm weather than to support our two great local breweries, Grainstore and Baker’s Dozen, or the wonderful team at Multum Gin Parvo or visit one of our great many beautiful pubs.

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