Category: News

View from Westminster

Although locked down with our everyday lives much restricted there is a palpable sense of relief in the air. At the time of writing over 13.5 million doses of vaccine have been administered.  As you read this we will have reached the government’s target date for vaccinating the top four groups in phase one of[…]

22 February, 2021

Covid-19 vaccination progress – 12 February 2021

As we approach mid-February – where the government and the NHS had aimed to vaccinated the top four at risk groups from COVID-19 – I wanted to give you a further update on local and national progress. First though can I thank the many hundreds of people who have come back with questions from my[…]

12 February, 2021

Covid-19 vaccination progress – 22 January 2021

Vaccinations progress. In York and North Yorkshire as of Monday of this week there had been 52,500 vaccinations delivered to the extremely clinically vulnerable groups and a further 12,000 in hospitals to front line health and care workers. In our area the majority of vaccinations are being delivered at the centre at the Yorkshire Showground.[…]

22 January, 2021

View from Westminster

Nobody wanted this lockdown, but there is a big difference between the current restrictions and previous ones. That difference is the light at the end of the tunnel provided by the vaccines. And the good news about the vaccination programme seems to be building locally and nationally. The approval of the Oxford University/AstraZeneca and Moderna[…]

21 January, 2021

Covid-19 vaccination progress – 13 January 2021

COVID-19 vaccination progress. We are all keen for as much information as possible about the national and local roll-out of the COVID-19 vaccine which is why I am writing to you today. The vaccine provides us with a light at the end of the tunnel in the current lockdown but the medical advice we are receiving could[…]

13 January, 2021

MP’s shock at free school meal packages

In the first school week of the new lockdown pupils eligible for free school meals have been receiving packed lunches.  However, the adequacy of these packages has already been questioned by local MP Andrew Jones. Mr Jones was contacted by a constituent in Knaresborough who told him that she had received two pre-packed sandwiches, two[…]

13 January, 2021

View from Westminster

A lot of people will be glad to see the back of 2020.  And as befitting the bleakness of the year, its passing will happen quietly, sombrely and without fanfare.  There’ll be no fireworks from around the world and no crowds linking hands and singing Auld Lang Syne. It was a year that brought new[…]

21 December, 2020

Network Rail completes multi-million upgrade to Knaresborough to York rail route

Network Rail has completed a major £9.8million upgrade to the rail route between Knaresborough and Poppleton which will improve services for passengers for years to come. The project has been carried out by Network Rail and funded by North Yorkshire County Council and the York & North Yorkshire Local Enterprise Partnership supported by Government funding[…]

8 December, 2020

Government fund awards over £400,000 to 20 local charities

In May the government set up the Coronavirus Community Support Fund – a £200m cashpot with two aims: 1.     To increase community support to vulnerable people affected by the COVID-19 crisis, through the work of civil society organisations. 2.     To reduce temporary closures of essential charities and social enterprises, ensuring services for vulnerable people impacted by COVID-19 have the[…]

16 November, 2020

Local MP welcomes jobs figure with caution

Harrogate and Knaresborough MP, Andrew Jones, has welcomed the latest jobs figures for the Harrogate and Knaresborough constituency.  The figures show a fall in those out of work and claiming unemployment-related benefits overall and, importantly, a decrease in the number of young people between 19 and 24 on the jobless roll. However, Mr Jones again[…]

13 November, 2020

MP’s action just the ticket

Knaresborough MP Andrew Jones has succeeded in bringing about a change in policy for car parking at St James’s Retail Park in Knaresborough. Customers were angry at having been given fines for parking in what they thought were spaces on St James Retail Park in Knaresborough.  The spaces were actually unmarked trolley bays without any[…]

9 November, 2020

Let’s put our best face on! Harrogate and Knaresborough MP backs bus operator’s face coverings drive

Put your best face on – that’s the plea from Harrogate and Knaresborough MP Andrew Jones as the town’s leading bus company reminds customers that wearing a face covering on board is now compulsory. Mr Jones is supporting The Harrogate Bus Company’s campaign to make it easier for everyone who can wear a face covering[…]

16 October, 2020