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Sherwood MP Mark Spencer: Proud of efforts in Afghanistan

This week saw the return of Parliament from the summer recess, writes Sherwood MP Mark Spencer.

Gone are the television screens, and the warning tape on the floor. Members of Parliament are back in the House, and already parliament and this government are getting on with delivering the people’s priorities.

As we emerge from the coronavirus pandemic, and our economy reopens, the issues that our country faces are vast. I know that this government is working around the clock to tackle them.

Mark Spencer.
Mark Spencer.

Both the Prime Minister and the Foreign Secretary made statements on the situation in Afghanistan. We have seen the heroic work of our Armed Forces as they sought to bring Britons, and those that have worked alongside us, home from Afghanistan.

Our fantastic Ambassador to Afghanistan, Sir Laurie Bristow, remained in Afghanistan working on Operation Pitting, ensuring that we could continue to evacuate people until it was no longer possible.

In a time of immense difficulty, we saw the strength and resolve of our Armed Forces and diplomatic services. We can all be incredibly proud of their tireless work.

Also this week, Boris Johnson, the Prime Minister announced his plans to improve health and social care in the United Kingdom. It is only right that following the coronavirus pandemic we examine how our health and social care system looks after the elderly and most vulnerable.

I believe the plan the Prime Minister presented to the House of Commons is both ambitious but achievable and will create a sustainable solution to the issues we face. Under these proposals, no one will pay more that £86,000 for their care over their lifetime. Once the cost of care reaches this cap, the local authority will step in and pay. Support will be made available for those who have less that £100,000 in assets, and anyone with less than £20,000 in assets will not pay a penny towards their care. This is a greatly needed change to the system that will benefit millions of people over their lifetime.

I am looking into what can be done to protect our green and open spaces. It is undeniable part of what makes Sherwood such a fantastic place is our green and open local spaces such as the Sherwood Forest.

Our local authorities need to take seriously their responsibility to protect and safeguard them and ensure future generations can enjoy these as much as we are able to.

Should any of my constituents have concerns about the preservation of our green and local spaces or wish to discuss any other issues, I urge them to get in touch with me on Mark.Spencer.MP@parliament.uk

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