Following a number of emails and comments From Clarion readers to this website this request has been emailed to Anne-Marie Trevelyan, MP for Berwick upon Tweed (pictured above):
Dear Ms Trevelyan,
“Do I think it is appropriate to insist on those similar hard measures…where levels of disease are really very, very much lower? No, I don’t think that’s right.”
Looking at Public Health England’s ‘cases and deaths’ map of Northumberland, that surely applies to every part of the Berwick upon Tweed constituency.
Many of your constituents – farmers, businessmen/women and tourism and hospitality workers as well as locked-down families – are also my readers and the growing feeling in the constituency is that we are unfairly penalised for the problems experienced in the southern, urban areas of the county.
Will you please use your influence to persuade the government that in a county like Northumberland, with a wide variance of both disease incidence and compliance, there is a strong case for relieving barely-affected areas (perhaps based on county council wards) from the strict controls imposed elsewhere?