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MP praises volunteers across Aylesbury Vale

Greg Smith spoke in the House of Commons on Tuesday.

Published by Dan Gooding at 12:28pm 13th May 2020. 3-minute read.

MP praises volunteers across Aylesbury Vale

Buckingham's MP has paid tribute to the volunteers working across the county at the moment.

Greg Smith spoke in the House of Commons yesterday, during a debate on Covid-19.

He thanked the army of volunteers and support schemes such as those involved in the Risborough Basket, which gets food to those who need it.  

Others included were Buckingham-based facebook group Buckingham Support Network, volunteers at St Laurence Church, Winslow, who are delivering food parcels and the Bernwode Bus Buckinghamshire scheme, known as Bernie the Bus, where volunteers collect donations from villages in Buckinghamshire to supply an Aylesbury-based foodbank.

Bernie bus and volunteers
Bernie bus and volunteers, with Greg on the left

He thanked them for everything they have been doing over recent weeks to support local communities. He also said he'd been "blown away" by the generosity of local people throughout the constituency donating to those in need whilst he was out volunteering with groups in the constituency.

He said, speaking remotely from his Bucks home in the debate:

"I would like to pay tribute to so many of my constituents who have gone above and beyond." He added: "People in every corner of the constituency are playing their part.

"Once we are through Covid-19  I hope we can capture the very best of the great British spirit shown by these community heroes .....and strengthen our voluntary service for the long term."

He also praised businesses - too many to name - which have adapted to the circumstances of social distancing.

risborough basket
Risborough Basket was highlighted by the MP

He raised the issue of HS2 Ltd’s 'appalling behaviour' during the crisis, which he is continuing to raise with its Chief Executive Mark Thurston and the HS2 Minister on a daily basis.

Workers have been photographed failing to social distance, he said.

He also focused on financial support measures introduced during this crisis.

He thanked the Government for the massive effort to provide people with job security through the Job Retention Scheme, the grants and loans to businesses and listening and making changes where needed, such as the hardship fund for dairy farmers that he strongly argued for.

Greg called for more action where there are gaps. He said he would continue to fight for local owner/directors of small companies who legitimately pay themselves through dividends, and event hire companies who do not receive the support to which the very companies they serve, like pubs, venues and hotels are entitled.

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