Mid Worcestershire MP Nigel Huddleston writes for the Standard.
AS WE head into winter and the countdown to the festive season begins, I want to thank the millions who have taken up the offer of a jab and a booster jab.
We find ourselves in a much better position than at the same time last year.
I’m hopeful we can remain this way throughout winter and with this in mind, it’s incredibly important to take up the offer of a jab whenever that comes.
The last few weeks saw many poignant ceremonies for Remembrance Day.
I was at the well-attended service in Droitwich on Sunday and later stopped by the War Memorial in Evesham where Coun Bradley Thomas had laid a wreath on my behalf.
I also visited the magnificent river of crocheted poppies to commemorate 100 years of the Royal British Legion in Fladbury.
I understand that Remembrance services across the constituency were very well-attended following the significantly scaled down services last year and I know locals appreciated the moment to gather and remember together.
Since my last diary we have had the budget which contained a wide range of announcements to help the economy recover from the pandemic – including additional support for retail, hospitality and leisure sectors via further business rates relief, as well as increases in public service spending.
That said, I know the Chancellor and the government will be keeping a close eye on development and our recovery and make interventions as necessary over the coming months.
Locally, I continue to spend a lot of time in the constituency visiting businesses and am hearing many stories about the strength of the recovery, tempered by labour shortages and supply chain challenges which the government is working across departments to try and address.
I have also had more opportunities to visit schools in the past few weeks, with many taking part in UK Parliament Week at the beginning of November, learning about democracy and elections.
The environment and climate change were consistent hot topics which was rather fitting while COP26 was taking place.
The decisions made in Glasgow will have implications for all of us and I’m glad the UK was able to show leadership in this important policy area.
While the nights are drawing in, I hope everyone can look forward to time with friends and family during the upcoming festive period.