MP for Rutland Alicia Kearns discusses easing of covid restrictions, policing in Rutland and monthly tours of Parliament for residents
Walking around our towns there’s no question that we all continue to do all we can to be mindful of others whilst enjoying the return of our freedoms, writes Alicia Kearns MP for Rutland.
Thank you to everyone. With the long-awaited end of most legal restrictions last week it’s been such a joy to see our community coming together across our county. It was a joy to attend the Ryhall fete, Oakham Castle party and the Oakham Town Council festival recently, and I know there’s been so many more events and gatherings from live music in pubs to choral performances to the opening of the new Tammi’s Ice Cream Parlour and Veg Shed in Greetham! These events are such a huge part of what makes Rutland special: our people, and being able to come together.
Meanwhile on Covid-19, I suspect we are all feeling the same hope: that last week we passed through the peak of Covid-19 infections and now cases will continue to fall as we’ve seen this week. What we can be sure of, is that the link between infections, hospitalisations and deaths has been severely weakened. We all know what it’s taken to get to this point and why it’s so important we all continue to get vaccinated and tested.
We in Rutland deserve the best – we already live in the best place in the UK, but we deserve the best services and the best representation and I’m determined to keep fighting for nothing less.
Over the summer I am focused on continuing to work with our local clinical commissioning group to improve local health services, particularly tackling concerns in Oakham.
I’m also working on increasing the number of police cars and officers we have for Rutland, tackling fly-tipping, securing upgraded CCTV for our towns, and increasing central Government funding for Rutland.
Looking towards September, I will be launching monthly tours of Parliament for residents and a ballot for tickets to Prime Minister’s Questions. I so look forward to welcoming many of you to Parliament – please visit my website for details!
On the topic of Parliament - this is the last week to have your say on whether Rutland should be divorced from Melton as a parliamentary constituency and instead be joined with Stamford and the Deepings.
I have been speaking to many stakeholders across Rutland and Melton and there are concerns about how the proposals cleave in half existing relationships, agreements and service provision boundaries. The proposals are based on mathematical imperatives for the wider region, not what would be best for Rutlanders, Meltonians, or residents of our Harborough villages. Whether you agree with me or not, please do respond before Monday as the Boundary Commission will listen to your views: https://www.bcereviews.org.uk/
Finally, as the harvesters come out (my son is keeping a tally of how many he sees each day) and summer is in full swing, I wish to thank our farmers for all they’re doing to feed our nation, and wish you and your families a wonderful weekend in our glorious county.