Last week, Julian held a surgery in Masham to discuss local and national issues facing constituents. Julian has further been following developments in Afghanistan closely. Throughout August, Julian has received high volumes of correspondence about Afghanistan and has made many representations on behalf of his constituents to the Home Office, FCDO and Ministry of Defence. His thoughts are with all those who wish to leave Afghanistan and their families at this time. The Government has underscored that our country will continue to assist those who have remained in Afghanistan and the Afghan Citizens’ Resettlement Scheme (ACRS) will support the resettlement of thousands of Afghans – with up to 5,000 Afghans who are most at risk in its first year.
Julian continues to engage very regularly with local officials and NHS professionals regarding the Coronavirus rates in the constituency. 16- and 17-year-olds are now able to receive their first Coronavirus vaccination and Julian would encourage all those eligible to do so.
Out and about in Masham, Julian also met with representatives from Peacock and Verity Community Spaces to discuss their proposals and plans. Julian saw the outside of No.15 Silver Street in Masham, which they are hopefully planning to convert into a heritage grocers, Edwardian tearoom/bakery, heritage centre with linked activity programme and four affordable one-bedroomed flats for local people.
Julian also continues to monitor the disruption to TV service following the recent fire at the Bilsdale mast and transmitter along with developments to restore service.
Looking ahead, the House returns on the 6th of September and Julian looks forward to upcoming parliamentary business.