National Lockdown 3

As we entered 2021 only a few days ago with careful hope and optimism, our expectations were dashed by the Prime Minister yesterday evening as the tiered system was clearly not working. With the virus out of control, more and more people are getting infected by the disease and this is putting immense pressure on our National Health Service.

This week we now enter our third national lockdown in ten months and we are at a critical moment in our fight against coronavirus.

The Government must use this lockdown to get the vaccination rolled out to as many people as possible so we can tackle the virus and reopen the economy.

The constant U-turns from the Government have caused unnecessary anxiety and confusion during the pandemic. This continued into 2021 with the Prime Minister hinting at further restrictions at an unspecified time and then just over 24 hours later we enter a national lockdown.

With the virus out of control schools needed to be part this national lockdown. When the Education Secretary makes his statement to MPs tomorrow he must ensure that measures are put in place to protect working parents, for children to work at home, a clear plan for schools to reopen safely as soon as possible and clear guidance for pupils and teachers on the plan for exams to not go ahead. Unfortunately children are missing out on valuable education once again. I will be doing all that I can to support schools across Wythenshawe and Sale East to provide remote learning and support our children and parents.

Earlier today we learnt from the Chancellor that businesses in retail, hospitality and leisure will receive new grants to help them keep afloat until the spring. This is welcome, however, throughout this crisis the Government have been playing catch-up and have not acted accordingly and quickly enough. We urgently need a step change in the response to the virus, and I hope that this lockdown will provide that opportunity.

Individuals and businesses across Wythenshawe and Sale East will be once again worried about their jobs and livelihoods. The Government must do all it can to ensure that every sector across our economy has some level of support so our local businesses can bounce back once the virus is under control.

As we continue to tackle the virus the whole community needs to work together in a national effort to protect one another, the NHS and get as many people vaccinated as quickly as possible.

The weeks and months ahead are going to difficult for us all. Please look after yourself, stay at home, stay safe and continue to look out for your neighbours. If I can be of any assistance please do not hesitate to contact me via email: mike.kane.mp@parliament.uk

If you live in Manchester you can find advice and support from the city council’s website here. If you live in Trafford the website can be found here. The Government’s latest guidance can be found here.