In March, amongst many things Julian held surgeries to discuss local and national issues facing constituents and supported councillor candidates out and about on the campaign trail ahead of the upcoming local elections on Thursday 5th May.
Julian has continued to follow developments in Ukraine closely. Throughout March, Julian received high volumes of correspondence about the situation in Ukraine and has made numerous representations on behalf of his constituents to the Home Office, among other Government Departments. His thoughts are with all those in Ukraine and the refugees fleeing the country.
Julian is also very aware that many of his constituents along with community organisations within the constituency have already submitted sponsorship applications. This is testament to the spirit and generosity of our community here in North Yorkshire. The Scheme allows Ukrainians with no family links to be sponsored by individuals or organisations who can offer a home. If you are having trouble with the sponsorship or family scheme, please feel free to make contact with Julian. We have been delighted to hear about those joining the community in North Yorkshire over recent weeks.
This month, Julian also met with farmers and landowners near Bolton Abbey. Fertiliser and energy costs were key topics of discussion along with the introduction of Environment Land Management Schemes (ELMs) under the Agricultural Act. Indeed, Julian has been paying very close attention to the transition away from direct payments and towards the new system with ELMs, including the Sustainable Farming Incentive. It is vital that the sought outcomes from recent policies in the agricultural sector have the support and participation of farmers and landowners.
Separately, Julian also spoke with Queen Mary’s School as part of their UK Parliament workshop. The students asked a wide range of questions about Julian's role as an MP and were particularly keen to ask questions about public speaking.
Julian continues to hold in person and telephone surgeries on a regular basis. To book an appointment please email or call the office, including the details of the matters you wish to raise.