This letter from one of our supporters shows clearly and sadly just how disturbing this incident has been.
I wanted to bring the below to the attention of HAFSON. I don’t have my original email to Greg as I had to write it via his website, however, in it I raised my disappointment as an NHS worker & a Durham local that this has been allowed to happen. I also shared with him that my partner’s youngest sister, who is severely disabled, has been left without support for months now. My partner’s dad fell ill with suspected covid and they all had to isolate together, despite my partner’s sister being in the extremely vulnerable group. They followed the guidance to a T.
I’m disappointed that Greg refuses to engage with his constituents on any sort of meaningful or personal level. I also asked if he would publicly condemn the actions of Cummings to show support for his constituents – he has not given an answer to this question.
Unsure whether you’ve been involved in any of these conversations or have written to Greg recently… not sure where to take it, but I thought it might make for interesting reading for the members of HAFSON.
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From: Greg Hands MP <email@example.com>
Date: 2 June 2020 at 13:02:20 BST
Subject: Message from Rt Hon Greg Hands MP (Case Ref: GH15389)
Thank you for contacting me about the Prime Minister’s adviser’s journey to County Durham.
Mr Cummings openly set out his actions from 27 March to 14 April in his recent public statement which you may have seen on television or read about in the press.
I recognise that many people have strong feelings on this issue, particularly given the hardship that many families are going through and the many sacrifices that people have made over recent months.
In his statement, Mr Cummings explained his reasons for taking the actions that he took, which were in line with the Government guidance. This sets out that “if you are living with children keep following this advice to the best of your ability, however, we are aware that not all these measures will be possible.”
Mr Cummings then added that he believed he acted appropriately because of the need to care for his young child and protect his family at a time when his home in London had become a target for abuse.
As the Prime Minister has acknowledged, people may disagree with his actions. I can understand the difference of views. It is now time for the country to move on and focus on tackling the coronavirus pandemic together – and in doing so, we all must stay alert, to control the virus and save lives.
Thank you again for taking the time to contact me.
Rt Hon Greg Hands MP
Member of Parliament for Chelsea & Fulham | Minister of State for International Trade
House of Commons | London | SW1A 0AA | +44 (0)20 7219 0809 firstname.lastname@example.org | www.greghands.com