MP COLUMN: We are ending the year with hope
As 2020 comes to a close, it is one that nobody could have predicted, and not one I expected as my first year as the Member of Parliament for Blyth Valley.
Following the euphoria of being elected last December, I was beginning to get into a new routine before the coronavirus pandemic changed our normal way of life.
I had set up my office and had welcomed a number of Ministers to the constituency including the Transport Secretary, Grant Shapps, to discuss the Northumberland Line rail project.
This has since progressed rapidly throughout the year thanks to the partnership working of the County Council and Government.
I was extremely proud to make my maiden speech in Parliament in March and just a few days later lockdown was introduced.
I was straight back up to the constituency and the months that followed were all about supporting people that had to self-isolate and that needed extra help, with communities coming together to achieve that.
Working with and alongside people and groups that gave up their time for the benefit of others was an experience I’ll never forget. Businesses also played their part with donations and I introduced the Community Champions scheme to recognise the efforts of those that went the extra mile.
The progress made in the last couple of months on developing a coronavirus vaccine means we end the year with hope and on that note, I would like to wish all readers a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
Ian Levy, Blyth Valley MP.