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Bill Wiggin MP Celebrates 20 years of Representing Leominster/North Herefordshire

“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.”

Letter from Historic England Chief Executive re Funding for Leominster

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.

Free home-testing kits for COVID-19 in Corn Square, Leominster

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.

HRH The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh

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.

Missing Black and Tan Jack Russell

Last seen on Easter Sunday at 5pm at Stoke Prior House

Any information please call or message 07973314341 or 07974433153

Bill Wiggin MP congratulates East Herefordshire PCN for their recent vaccine success

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 receives Covid-19 vaccination and urges others to have the jab when called.

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.”

Bill Wiggin MP reflects a year on from first national lockdown.

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.

Bill Wiggin MP calls for better justification as to why the Coronavirus Act should be extended during debate

This afternoon Bill Wiggin, MP for North Herefordshire spoke in the Coronavirus Act Extension debate. You can find the full speech below.

You can find the link to the speech here: https://parliamentlive.tv/Download/Index/59dd07d7-db1a-4b32-9fd1-8923ff582240. Mr Wiggin MP’s speech starts at 14:20:10

Coronavirus Act Extension Debate 

Introduction 

It has certainly been a challenging time for my constituents in North Herefordshire. 

However, their fortitude and community spirit must be highly commended. 

It is a national triumph that vaccines were produced and approved in record time. 

This was the silver bullet that I have been asking for in all my speeches to this house for many months. 

We are all so proud that ours is one of the world’s most successful vaccine rollouts. 

Therefore it is disappointing not to see more justification from the Government as to why the Coronavirus Act needs to be extended for as much as another 6 months. 

People must be able to understand the exit from lockdown and that these powers are for their good. 

This is especially when the most vulnerable in society have been vaccinated with their first or two jabs against this dreadful disease. 

Vaccine Data 

Thanks to the work of the Vaccine Taskforce, the Pharmaceutical companies, NHS staff, volunteers and the regulators, we should be proud of our truly world-beating vaccine rollout programme. 

Herefordshire continues to top the list as amongst one of the areas of highest vaccination rates. 

Over 91,000 people in Herefordshire have now received their first dose

Nearly 100% of the first 5 categories laid out by the JVCI have been jabbed. 

And over 61% of the 55-59 year old category

Over 28 million people have now been vaccinated in this country. 

That equates to 54.4% of the adult population

Nearly 850,000 people received a dose on Saturday alone. 

I had my first injection today.

We must now capitalise on this success and the global opportunities that this creates for the UK. 

The Prime Minister rightly stated that we will be guided by Data, not dates. 

The rollout of the vaccine was always going to change the game and it is doing the job required of it. 

The golden window of opportunity is now opening for us. Let us not miss the chances that we have got. 

We are free from the EU and we can manoeuvre economically and commercially- safe from Corona 19.

Globally this is an almost unique advantage for our businesses who have been supported throughout the crisis.

Now we must make sure we collect on our investment.

Case Data 

From the 9 March – 15 March, Herefordshire had a Covid case rate of 34 cases per 100,000. 

When we entered the latest set of restrictions, the County was at 254 per 100,000. 

There are only 58 cases in the entire County at present

On 10 May last year, the Prime Minister announced the relaxation of some lockdown measures.  

At the time, the R Rate was between 0.5 and 0.9.  

On 15 March the R rate across the entire Country was between 0.6 and 0.9

On the 10 May last year, the 7-day average for hospital admissions with Covid was 987.3.  

On the 17 March this year the 7-day average was 426.1.

The country had restrictions lifted the first time around in very different circumstances last year. 

Considering that children are already back at school, and the vaccine rollout is so successful, we are actually in a safer place now, than we were last May. 

Europe 

The good people of this country have abided by the often-draconian and unprecedented restrictions on their life for over a year now. 

We must reward their sacrifice and clearly show them a way out of the pandemic.  

People are undoubtedly growing weary and frustrated. 

I understand the concerns of a third wave, as seems to be happening in much of Continental Europe.  

However, Europe’s statistics look vastly different to our own.  

Germany is set to enter a nationwide lockdown with rate of 104 per 100,000 people infected. 

This compares to only 56.3 in this country. 

Notably, they have vaccinated only 12.6 people out of 100.

Italy’s infections rose 10% last week, leading into another lockdown that began on Monday. 

Case numbers are instead dropping in this country. 

Again, Italy has only administered 12.8 doses per 100 people. 

France reported over 35,000 new cases just one week ago. 

In contrast, the UK experienced 5600 yesterday. 

France has jabbed 11.8 doses per 100 people and has a worsening anti-vax problem. 

The UK has jabbed over 45 people out of every 100.

A number that is rising rapidly each day. 

Easing Lockdown 

With having amongst the highest vaccine uptake rates in the world, the UK finds itself in a promising position. 

We need not follow Europe’s trend toward a third wave, and ever more lockdowns.  

By securing the borders effectively we can begin to reopen our society, while keeping the R rate low and continuing to vaccinate our people.  

People need to return to work, and we need to get the country moving again. 

Of course, there is still the need for some rules. 

If someone breaches the rules and puts people’s lives at risk, there must be sanctions by which to punish them. 

This is especially true for those coming from abroad. 

This is why I will therefore I will dig deep into the loyalty vault and today vote with the Government. 

We must remember that the need for continued blanket restrictions is fast becoming untenable and voting for 6 more months of them seems disappointing and sad. 

However, we accept that the Government retains powers to prevent irresponsible behavior. 

The type of behavior that jeopardises our war against this virus. 

Especially when the end is so clearly in sight and the rewards of freedom and a return to prosperity beckon.”

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