Posted: Tue 30th Jun 2020

A view from Wrexham’s Member of Parliament for people living in or visiting the wrexham area
This article is old - Published: Tuesday, Jun 30th, 2020 has invited Wrexham & Clwyd South Members of Parliament and Assembly Members to write a monthly article with updates on their work in their respective Parliaments and closer to home – you can find them all here.

Today, Wrexham’s MP Sarah Atherton writes…

As lockdown measures are slowly and gradually lifted and as many of us are returning to work and the classroom, we must continue to listen to government advice. Whilst this next stage of the pandemic may bring uncertainty for residents and businesses, the outbreak has highlighted the resilience and adaptability of individuals, our businesses and us as a nation.

The UK Government has announced further support packages to protect individuals, businesses and our economy, and will continue to do whatever it takes to get us through this pandemic.

Earlier this month non-essential shops across Wrexham opened their doors with covid safety measures in place. This has been the most challenging period for shops and high streets in our history, and I was pleased to see our high street spring back to life after its long slumber.

Last week I took the opportunity to visit some of the shops in the town centre that had recently re-opened their doors, speaking to shop owners, employees and shoppers about their experience of re-opening.

In order to reboot Wrexham’s economy and increase footfall, it is important that residents are encouraged to visit our town. That means ensuring a safe environment for shoppers and employees. I’d like to thank businesses and the council for their hard work in getting the town covid secure.

Many Wrexham residents rely heavily on the hospitality and tourisms sectors. I have written to the Welsh Government for a clear indication on when businesses in the hospitality and tourism sectors may reopen, boosting Wrexham’s local economy.

Whilst this pandemic has brought out the good in our community, unfortunately scammers have taken the opportunity to target people online. That is why I have created a cyber security guide, with guidance on how to stay cyber secure.

My colleagues and I have now returned to parliament, albeit a slightly different parliament to the one we left a few months ago, with new social distancing measures in place.
In my first question back in the chamber I asked about the women’s residential centre pilot scheme coming to wales.

During Prime Minister Questions, I was able to ask the Prime Minister the about importance of a continued UK-wide approach to the handling of this pandemic, which is vital if we are to see a continued reduction of covid-19 cases.

I continue to be active on the Defence Select Committee as we continue our inquiry into the security of the UK’s 5G network.

I have also been looking at the barriers women face in the UK Armed Forces, in particular, the way in which sexual abuse in the Armed Forces is investigated. We have a duty to ensure that military justice is effective and fair and that victims of sexual assault are not disadvantaged by the nature of their service.

I am honoured to work alongside so many veterans in Parliament, last week we came together to celebrate Veterans Day, and the fantastic contribution of our Armed Forces.

Recognising the fantastic contribution of the Armed Forces to our country, I have called for the abolition of visa fees for commonwealth military personnel.

As we enter the recovery phase, I’d like to once again thank all of our dedicated key workers and NHS staff for all of their hard work during this outbreak. From caring for our most vulnerable and those encountering difficulties, to keeping our communities connected, I am eternally grateful for everyone who played a part in the coronavirus response, helping us enter the recovery stage of this pandemic.

I will continue to be a strong voice for Wrexham as we enter the recovery phase of this pandemic. If you should require any help, please do not hesitate to contact me on the details below:
Phone: 020 7219 4885
Post: House of Commons, London, SW1A 0AA

 has invited Wrexham & Clwyd South Welsh and UK Parliament representatives to write a monthly article with updates on their work and closer to home – you can find them all here.




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