I hope you are keeping safe and well in these strange and challenging times.
This is my weekly newsletter, keeping you up to date with what I’ve been up to both in the constituency and in parliament, representing Derby North
This week it was announced that as of Saturday 4th July, we will be entering the next phase of lifting the lockdown restrictions.
It was also announced that two households will be able to meet indoors, and multiple households will be able to meet outdoors providing there is a maximum group of 6 people with social distancing. Weddings of up to 30 people will also be allowed to go ahead and places of worship will reopen.
The hospitality industry including pubs, cafes and restaurants will finally be allowed to open as well as libraries, museums, theme parks, cinemas, hairdressers, barbers, hotels and campsites providing it is safe for them to do so with social distancing measures in place. The social distancing measures can also now be reduced one metre where two metres isn’t viable.
I myself have been out visiting and shopping at local, independent businesses to see how they have been getting on throughout these challenging times and to support local trade, I have to say I have been incredibly impressed by the safe shopping restrictions that are in place and I am so pleased they are able to open for business again after weeks of hardship. If you’re able to travel safely, do pop down and support your local shops and traders.
This week has been another really busy and interesting week in the constituency.
I had my weekly Ask Amanda Q&A. As usual, we had our panellists Cllr Matt Holmes (Deputy Leader of Derby City Council) and Carl Tring-Willis (Community Development Manager). We also had Chris Hobson from the East Midlands Chamber of Commerce, Karen Smart from the East Midlands Airport and Helen Kennett from Rolls Royce. Join us live via Zoom next Thursday at 6pm https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82447089306.
As always, I’ve had my weekly call with Derby City Council to update on our plans to help support Derby get back on its feet and Derby’s overall recovery/regeneration.
This week I also appeared on the BBC East Midlands Politics Show taking questions on Jobs and the economy which was really interesting, and it was great to take part.
It’s great being able to get back out in the constituency now that restrictions have eased, this week I visited Gilbert’s Kitchen and Deli to see how they have managed to re-open safely and stay open for business, I think it’s so important that we support our local businesses to protect jobs and save our economy.
One of the great places I have visited this week is Aspire Wrestling in Derby who have worked tirelessly to supply food supplies to individuals and families in the community, it was a real pleasure to hear how hard they have worked to make this possible and I feel immensely proud of all that have been involved.
I look forward to being out and about in the constituency next week as more businesses begin to reopen.
The big piece of legislation that we had to vote on this week was the Extradition Bill.
The Bill, which came for its Second Reading, would provide the police with new arrest powers for the purposes of extraditing suspected criminals who are wanted for trial abroad. The Bill itself only applies to select non-EU countries who the Government will provide suspects with a fair trial. It applies only to Australia, Canada, Lichtenstein, New Zealand, Switzerland and the USA.
MPs also voted on the motion for how complaints against MPs are handled. A couple of years back, a report was commissioned into bullying in Parliament, and so this week we voted to implement an independent complaints process so that MPs who mistreat staff can be held accountable.
We also had the remaining stages of the Medicines and Medical Devices Bill. Whilst it might sound dry, this is important as it was needed to address the regulatory gap in certain medical areas like clinical trials in humans and medical devices.
Again, the work doesn't stop there, and I'm looking forward to another busy week next week.
If you ever have any questions or issues, please do not hesitate to get in touch either.