Thanks to the success of the vaccination programme and residents' hard work to limit the spread of Covid-19, we have now moved to step three of our cautious reopening. This will be a big moment for residents and businesses, who have sacrificed so much for this progress to be made.
I would urge everyone to keep following the rules and shop local where you can. Our community has shown a fantastic spirit during this difficult time, and that was demonstrated once again in the support offered to the Avoncroft Museum.
I visited the museum the day after the incident, and it was so disappointing to see the damage done by mindless vandals. However, with over £40,000 raised, the community response has been fantastic. Thank you to everyone who has supported the effort and who plans to visit this summer.
In Westminster, the Government has announced new laws to support jobs and businesses; create safer streets and neighbourhoods; and achieve net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. With my new Conservative colleagues at the local level, and in Westminster, I look forward to the important work ahead to deliver on this plan.