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Julian Sturdy - Strong Voice for York Outer

Julian Sturdy

Member of Parliament for York Outer

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Statement on Sue Gray report

Statement on Sue Gray report

The Sue Gray report clearly shows that the Prime Minister has presided over a widespread culture of disregard for coronavirus regulations. Furthermore, questions are now being raised about whether the Prime Minister misled Parliament when asked about these events. Talking to constituents, it is clear discussions about parties in Downing Street remain a damaging distraction

Over £1 million of government support to help York businesses export

Julian has welcomed new figures showing over £1.13 million has been allocated by the...

Times Red Box article with Nigel Adams MP: Great British Railways should say Yes to York

This government is delivering on its commitment to level up regions such as ours....

York Press column: How the Queen’s Speech can level-up York

With nearly forty bills that will deliver on some of the Conservative Party’s biggest...

Government responds to Julian’s call for lockdown ending plan to track vaccination progress

January 28, 2021

I welcome the Prime Minister’s confirmation yesterday that the government has scheduled the last week of February to set out its plan to safely end lockdown, on the basis of progress on the vaccine rollout, acting on requests made by me and parliamentary colleagues, but will wait to see what the detail means for York before giving it my full endorsement.

Earlier this month I pressed Boris Johnson at Prime Minister’s Questions to give people hope by setting a target for vaccination of the vulnerable at which we could safely begin easing restrictions, and from yesterday’s statement it looks like he has listened to my call.

In particular, I am reassured by his clarity that they are waiting until late February so there is sufficient data on the impact of vaccination on deaths and hospitalisation, and how this relates to the effectiveness of lockdown in driving down infection, with which to make an informed decision. I also warmly welcome the priority given to reopening schools as the first step out of lockdown, hopefully from 8th March.

However, I will expect to see York treated fairly in any return to the tiering system, with our infection rate properly reflected in the level of restriction we are under. Arrangements for our city must both support normal social and economic life, and prevent any virus surges driven from outside.