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Julian Sturdy

Member of Parliament for York Outer

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Julian’s statement on tonight’s vote on Covid-19 tier restrictions

Julian’s statement on tonight’s vote on Covid-19 tier restrictions

 “After long and careful thought, I very reluctantly decided to vote for the new tiers system tonight. I am painfully aware of the social and economic harm that the continued restrictions are doing, and am voting on the explicit basis of clear commitments I have been given after a lengthy conversation today with the Chancellor,

BBC Radio York – York in Tier 2 and the ‘Substantial Meal’ rule

Yesterday, Julian joined Jules Bellerby on BBC Radio York to discuss his disappointment that...

Julian raises serious concern over ‘substantial meal’ rule

Amidst the overall disappointment that York will be leaving national lockdown restrictions on December...

Julian opposes York tier 2 decision – demands path to tier 1 from Health Secretary in Commons

Julian has challenged the Health Secretary in the House of Commons on the government’s...

Julian raises concerns over slow re-opening of York schools

July 12, 2020

Julian Sturdy MP has welcomed the Government’s announcement that all year groups will be returning to school from the beginning of September. He has however raised concerns brought to him by parents that too few primary schools in York are currently opening their doors to all pupils in Reception, Year 1 and Year 6.

Although it remains up to schools to decide how many children they are currently able to safely accommodate, Mr Sturdy is concerned that City of York Council is encouraging local schools to take an overly cautious approach. 

Parents of children at several York primary schools have contacted Mr Sturdy to express their frustration that their school is still only accepting the children of key workers. They say that this is creating problems with childcare and home schooling as they seek to go back to work. 

Mr Sturdy has written to City of York Council to ask them to explain the advice that they are giving to schools on the return of students from Reception, Year 1 and Year 6 prior to the end of the school year. 

Commenting, Julian Sturdy MP said:

‘It is important that schools keep pace with the wider easing of the lockdown and it is crucial that they begin to accommodate more students as more and more parents go back to work.  I have received concerning reports from parents around York that since lockdown was first eased, some schools have provided little or no expansion in the number of students that they are accepting back. Whilst I am pleased that from September, schools will be asked to reopen to all year groups, it is important that schools remain open to expanding access during these final weeks of the summer term.’