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Julian Sturdy - Strong Voice for York Outer

Julian Sturdy

Conservative Party Candidate for York Outer
Any reference to Julian Sturdy being a Member of Parliament on this website predates the dissolution of Parliament and the 2024 General Election campaign

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York Press column: All action ahead of Easter

York Press column: All action ahead of Easter

It has been a jam-packed couple of weeks since my last column where I had an opportunity to reflect on the Chancellor’s Budget. I want to begin by highlighting the fantastic news that inflation has dropped to 3.4 per cent – the lowest in two and a half years. When the Prime Minister came to

Julian works with Parkinson’s UK

This week in Parliament, Julian had a really positive meeting with Laura from Parkinson’s...

Julian meets with Minister to discuss Renters (Reform) Bill

Alongside Andy Simpson of York Residential Lettings Association, Julian met with Jacob Young MP...

Julian supports Dogs Trust plea to end puppy smuggling

Julian has pledged his support on the issue of puppy smuggling today at a...

HandyMag column – Vaccine rollout gives hope for 2021

January 26, 2021

The plunge into renewed lockdown due to the vicious new strain of Coronavirus is an undeniably grim start to the New Year. My sympathy and thoughts are with all households directly impacted, and as a parent of young children with elderly parents living close to York, I know how much of a burden the restriction of normal life has been even to families that have escaped direct personal loss.

The virus resurgence nevertheless continues to bring out the best in our local community, from the tireless NHS, care and key workers to the many good neighbours who have looked out for more vulnerable residents.

However, unlike last spring, a clear route back to normality is in sight, with lockdown now accompanied by the rollout of vaccines. The third (Moderna) vaccine was approved earlier this month, and York’s immunisation programme is in full swing, rightly prioritising the most at-risk, and health and care workers. Our country has moved speedily, already vaccinating more people than the rest of Europe combined, and this and the wonderful development of the British Oxford vaccine should give us confidence in relation to challenges like Brexit that we can excel when we have the freedom to do things differently.

My focus is now on pressing the government to move safely but determinedly back towards normal, with steady progress on vaccinating sufficient vulnerable people unlocking a phased relaxation of restrictions as immunity widens. This is fundamentally the only way our city can return to normal trading conditions, essential for the preservation of our community’s prosperity and high quality of life. Regaining normal social and economic life is vital for the health and general welfare of York, and for the prospects of our young people, who have been so cruelly impacted by the pandemic. The vaccine rollout makes this possible.