Growing up in a family of boys all of whom were addicted to sport means that from childhood onwards I have been a passionate rugby supporter.
Apologies to constituents but with a father who has been a Bath season ticket holder for many years, and a brother who is currently team doctor, my heart has always belonged at The Rec. Even though down the years Leicester Tigers have been our most formidable rivals I know the importance of a successful Tigers team and their place in our community.
This week I have received many emails from Tigers supporters asking me to make representations to Government to ensure that we still have top level rugby once the coronavirus pandemic is over. It’s tough for professional rugby teams at the minute and I understand help will be needed to secure their future for generations to come.
In response to all of those emails I have contacted management at Leicester Tigers to ask specifically what support is needed and obviously as soon as I understand that I will ensure that I make representations to the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport.
Aside from that this week I have:
- Taken part in the Health & Social Care Select Committee where we published our cross party report looking at the issues facing core NHS delivery during the pandemic and beyond, you can read it here: https://publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm5801/cmselect/cmhealth/320/32002.htm
- We also commenced our review into the provision of maternity care.
- Responded to the Government’s White Paper which consulted on proposals to change the standard method for assessing local housing need.
- Received feedback from local health leaders about the challenges they have faced during coronavirus and emerging issues, I will feed these back to Government ministers.
- Heard from many constituents about the importance of maintaining food standards in future trade agreements, this is something that I am passionate about too.
- Promoted the Government’s new Green Homes Grant scheme which will help eligible local people to vouchers worth up to £10,000 for energy efficient and low carbon heating improvements to their homes, you can find out more here: www.greenhomesgrant.campaign.gov.uk