This week in Parliament has seen the remaining Committee Stages of the Internal Market Bill, the PM’s statement on Covid-19 and changes to some of the activities allowed. This has undoubtedly provoked quite a large postbag, but interestingly many in favour of the additional restrictions. What people have asked for more than anything else is clarity, and although the rule of 6 is not universally popular it is at least pretty straightforward.
As I have referenced elsewhere I was deeply saddened at the sudden passing of long standing Councillor for Chilworth, Nursling and Rownhams, Alison Finlay. I have seen Alison described as formidable, but she was also very warm hearted and kind and one of the hardest working people I have ever met. A woman of strong views, definitely, but I like them, and I certainly loved Alison for her forthrightness.
This week I have been in the Chamber questioning the Minister for Disabled People about financial support for Sign Health, the charity for people needing access to sign language interpretation in healthcare settings. There seems to be a blockage in the funding stream and BSL users need help to make sure they can get the health advice they need in the language they use.
I was delighted to officially open the luxury Longcroft Cat Hotel in Lockerley last weekend, which is just an amazing holiday location for your feline friends. Great to see a new businesses starting up locally, and I am sure it will be a huge success.