Add your name to the letter to Ian Levy, Blyth Valley MP, to tell him to focus on your priorities.
Dear Mr Levy,
You were elected last December on the back of two promises you made: to look after Blyth Valley, whose interests have, for too long, been secondary to those of constituencies in the South; and to Get Brexit Done.
Brexit happened on 31st January – but since then the world has changed. Covid-19 has meant most people making adjustments to the way they live. Many have unfortunately lost someone close to them.
Whilst the lockdown was needed to control the virus, it is has had great economic cost. Furthermore, it is not enough to just to control the disease: it needs to be conquered – and that will take continued effort and sacrifice. It could be months before businesses can begin to get back on their feet – and far longer before they have recovered their strength. Until they do, the spectre of business closures and job losses will hang over us all.
Thankfully, it was agreed with the EU to allow 11 months for a smooth transition to the new arrangements following Brexit with the possibility of the UK and the EU jointly agreeing a single extension of one or two years. But the end of that transition period is fast approaching and, despite all the disruption, Boris Johnson has refused to consider extending it.
This will mean businesses will need to plan for, and then implement, significant changes at the same time they are rebuilding their business from the biggest crisis of the last 75 years. You know that for some in our area, that will be the final straw. You also know that, once again, no one is going to look at jobs in our region and give them priority over the long-term ambition of a political aide.
Now is the time for you to show that the promises you made mean something. It is time to show that you went to Westminster to stand up for us and not just follow the path dictated by those in London. It is time for you tell Boris Johnson that our constituency needs an extension, to finish the Brexit transition when we are stronger, because that is the safer option.
Some things actually get better if you wait. Britain’s worth it – Blyth Valley is worth it.