A copy of the letter I received from The Prime Minister, on 5 July 2021, regarding the COVID-19 response:
“Today marks the 20th anniversary of my election as Member of Parliament for Leominster and North Herefordshire.
I clearly remember the feeling of immense responsibility, and excitement that I had on that night – the 6th June 2001.
It is still something I feel today as I continue to humbly represent the good people of North Herefordshire.
This is an extraordinarily challenging but interesting job and I have so many fond memories from my constituents over the past 20 years.
I love this County and the people who live here and my enthusiasm and determination to continue working for my constituents remains undimmed.
I hope to work and serve for many more years as MP for North Herefordshire as we recover from the pandemic and move forward to a brighter future.”
Recently I wrote to the Chief Executive of Historic England following the announcement of substantial grants for local arts organisations to create and deliver community-led cultural activities on their high streets.
I was keen to ensure that the funding would be spent in a way that would improve the historical value of Leominster.
I was delighted to receive a most encouraging reply which can be viewed below.
I was delighted to see a stand at the Leominster market in Corn Square offering free home-testing kits for COVID-19.
Testing is central to our response to this virus, helping us to understand more about the spread and reduce infection rates.
I pay tribute to people like Debbie Baker who are working so hard to keep us safe by manning these stalls and helping the Government expand its community testing which is such a key tool for our progress back to normality.
I am sure that I, like the rest of North Herefordshire, am deeply saddened by the passing of His Royal Highness the Duke of Edinburgh.
My thoughts and prayers are with our Queen at this most unhappy of times.
Prince Philip was a tremendous public servant, a naval hero during the Second World War and a figurehead for this country.
Most of all though, he was a beloved husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather.
He accompanied the Queen to Hereford in the royal train where I was fortunate enough to meet him at Hereford Station.
He was witty amusing and very well briefed on our County.
All our thoughts are, of course, with the Royal Family, whom I hope find comfort in the sympathy, affection and support of the British people during this difficult time.
Last seen on Easter Sunday at 5pm at Stoke Prior House
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Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, Matt Hancock MP has written a letter of congratulation to Bill Wiggin MP, pictured, as the Covid-19 vaccine rollout continues at pace in the County.
Commenting, Bill Wiggin MP said:
“It is fantastic to see that East Herefordshire PCN is the best performing area in the Midlands regional system having vaccinated 52 percent of its entire population.
I add to Matt Hancock’s praise for the local Covid vaccination teams including nurses, GPs, pharmacies and volunteers for their outstanding work.
The success in Herefordshire is indicative of the successes seen Country wide.
By vaccinating the majority of the population, we can soon be returned to the normality we all crave.
It is wonderful to see East Herefordshire PCN receive the credit that they deserve and I look forward to seeing more records in the weeks to come.”
Bill Wiggin, MP for North Herefordshire, has received his first dose of his Covid – 19 vaccination.
Commenting following his jab, Bill said:
“I was delighted to receive my Covid-19 vaccination as part the UKs incredibly successful vaccine rollout.
The whole experience was quick, efficient and painless, and I cannot commend it highly enough.
I would like to thank the Doctors and medical professionals who are delivering this lifesaving and life changing medication.
The UK’s vaccination programme has been a tremendous success.
We only have to look at the troubling situation in Europe to realise the importance of a swift rollout and high percentage take-up.
I would urge all of my constituents to answer the call and get your jab as soon as you are able.
This will help strengthen our defences against this dreadful disease as we follow the roadmap to freedom.
Ultimately we all become safer as more and more people received the protection that the vaccination delivers As we see the infection and hospitalisation rates fall we remember those who have lost loved ones from this disease.”
It is now a year on from the announcement of the first National Lockdown.
I pay tribute to all those who have played their part – whether they be key workers or simply all of those who have stayed at home to stop the spread.
It is excellent news that so many people in my constituency – nearly all of those in the first 5 priority groups – have received the vaccine as we lead the world in our fight against coronavirus and edge closer to the restoration of our freedoms.
Professor Van Tam recently reminded the nation, even those who have received their jab can still carry the virus, and that you are not completely safe until you have had both doses of the vaccine.
So while we should remain cautious, I am reassured by the Prime Minister’s determination to ‘bash on’ with the roadmap out of lockdown.
Like everyone else, I cannot wait for an end to this pandemic. I am aware from the phenomenal workload it has created for myself and my team how challenging this period has been for my constituents
I have received some 24,675 individual casework related emails since the first lockdown was announced, which is over double the amount of correspondence I received in the same period of the previous year.
This is not to mention the hundreds of letters and telephone calls to my office.
My staff have been working remotely since the start of the pandemic to help serve my constituents. With their help I have been able to offer my assistance as quickly as possible.
One of my constituents wrote to me to say, “I cannot express my thanks and gratitude enough to Mr. Wiggin for his prompt and effective actions in taking up my case”, while another stated that “No matter how busy you are, or have been, you always reply and always attempt to help resolve any issue.”
Reading these is a source of real pride, and I am so glad that during this period of great uncertainty I have been able to continue to provide help to all those who require it.
I would urge anyone in need of assistance to contact me. As one constituent put it, “our MP is available and open for business!”
I hope all my constituents remain safe and well, so that we can soon resume the daily life we all miss so much.
Let us look forward to the end of lockdown, while remaining cautious and sensible in the months to come.