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James Heappey weekly column

Unsurprisingly, the Government’s focus over the past few months has been Covid-19. It is of course the main effort and consumes a huge amount of ministerial time but there is still lots going on in Government both nationally and locally.

James Heappey Column

After almost eight weeks of strict lockdown measures, it will be a relief for the vast majority of us that we are now able to enjoy a little more freedom in our daily lives and that, providing we continue to control the virus, even further changes are due over the coming weeks.

James Heappey weekly column

I am sure I was not the only one to read with delight the story from the weekend encouraging us all to eat more meat, chips and cheese throughout this lockdown period.

James Heappey Weekly Column

Following on from my last column, there have been developments in the response to Covid-19.

NHS staff, builders, carpenters and architects, the armed forces and the University of the West of England have worked tirelessly to open the NHS Nightingale Hospital early this week.

James Heappey Weekly Column

For the last week nationally, we have seen a sustained plateauing and even reduction in the number of deaths caused by coronavirus. That is matched by equally encouraging figures for hospital admissions.

James Heappey weekly column

This last week would have been the dream start to the season for the many local businesses in our visitor economy.

James Heappey weekly column

There is no escaping that tackling Covid-19 is a challenge of almost unprecedented scale for this country in these times.

Coronavirus support in Somerset

In this turbulent time, it is important the community helps those who are most vulnerable and there has been some amazing work here in Somerset. If you are in need of help, or want to give back to the community, these links should be useful. 

James Heappey weekly column

It goes without saying this is an unbelievably tough time for everyone as we continue to battle against Covid-19.

The Government is doing all it can to get us through this and while it won’t be perfect, the priority has – and always will be - to save lives.

James Heappey Weekly Column

We are in unprecedented times in this country right now and I know there is a huge amount of fear over the Coronavirus pandemic.