We’ve come a long way since this time last year, but the pandemic is far from over. Sadly, many will have lost loved ones this year, and those currently isolating face another Christmas without spending time with their families and friends.
Despite these challenges, we continue to see our community pull together. I would like to thank you all for the sacrifices that you have made, and continue to make, to save lives and care for one another.
With the spread of the Omicron variant, it remains as important as ever that we all exercise caution and seek to protect elderly and vulnerable loved ones. If you have not already done so, I also encourage you to get a first, second or booster dose of the vaccine: https://www.nhs.uk/…/coronavir…/coronavirus-vaccination/.
I was pleased to be out and about in our constituency more this year: knocking on doors, meeting with residents and visiting local schools, businesses and community groups.
My constituency office team have been working very hard this year to assist local residents facing difficulties – and we have supported more people than ever before. I’m always here to help you, whatever your politics.
I also believe that we should be optimistic about 2022, and in my new role as Shadow Education Secretary, I will be working hard to ensure that the Government produces a proper recovery plan that puts our children’s education and wellbeing first. This will be a big priority for me – I want to see every child thrive and succeed.
I hope that you are all able to have an enjoyable, relaxing and safe Christmas. I want to thank all of those working over the festive period to keep us safe and cared for. For anyone who is in need of assistance over the festive period, you can find a list of resources and contacts on the Sunderland City Council website: https://www.sunderland.gov.uk/article/17327/Crisis-support.
My family and I wish you a very Merry Christmas and a happy New Year.