North Yorkshire training stables to receive Coronavirus Business Grants

Horse racing stables across Thirsk and Malton and many of other parts of the county are to receive nearly £500,000 worth of government grants and 12 months exemption from business rates. I have been fighting to secure the funds and working closely both Hambleton and Ryedale District Councils.

Please stay at home this weekend

There is light at the end of the tunnel but, in the meantime, the social distancing measures currently in place to tackle the coronavirus will continue for at least another three weeks.

£750 million support for charities

I have been contacted by a number of charities in Thirsk and Malton looking for financial help to continue their vital work during the coronavirus outbreak so I am delighted that the Chancellor has announced a £750 million package of support.

Wishing the Prime Minister a speedy recovery

I am sure you will want to join me in sending my best wishes to the Prime Minister at St Thomas’ Hospital in London. This is a very worrying time for his partner, Carrie, and his whole family.

Stay at home, protect the NHS and save lives

It’s only April and yet 2020 has already been an extraordinary year. Whatever your age, whether you are in work, retired, self- employed, in education or in a vulnerable group, you will have been affected by the sudden onslaught of the coronavirus, which has taken the whole world by surprise.

Temporary closure of Easingwold Post Office

I  am very disappointed that Easingwold Post Office has closed because of the coronavirus. I am pressing the Post Office to find alternative arrangements for the many people who rely on it for essential transactions such as pensions or accessing the PayZone to top up prepaid utility meters.

Big improvements to business finance scheme

The Chancellor, Rishi Sunak, has delivered once again following the concerns we raised with him about the new Coronavirus Business Loans Interruption Scheme (CBILS).

Testing for coronavirus

The Secretary of State for Health, Matt Hancock, has unveiled a plan to dramatically ramp up Coronavirus testing so that by the end of this month 100,000 tests are carried out every day in England.