Friday 14 January 2022

Beverley MP Graham Stuart, who returned to the Back Benches in September after five years as a junior Minister in the Department for International Trade, has been appointed as a trade envoy to Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos with a view to creating new export opportunities.

Mr Stuart, who was Minister for Exports until the most recent Cabinet reshuffle saw the appointment of a new Secretary of State for International Trade, was among Conservative MPs to this week offer their support to Boris Johnson in the wake of the Prime Minister’s apology over the Downing Street party revelations.  In a statement on his Facebook page Mr Stuart said: “The Prime Minister apologised to the House of Commons and conceded that he should have told those who were socialising in the garden to disband. I agree and welcome his apology. We must now allow this investigation to take its course, and I await its findings.”  

East Riding Council is encouraging residents to take time out of their day to reconnect with people over a cuppa as part of Brew Monday on January 17. Adam Gibson, public health lead for mental health and suicide prevention at the council, said: “During this time of year, it’s likely that the cold weather and dark nights can really play havoc on your mental health.” 

He continued: “Supporting one another with a simple phone call, video call or getting together safely (COVID permitting) to have a cuppa and a biscuit can give your day more meaning and can really boost morale.”

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And finally, the Yorkshire Ambulance Service NHS has requested additional support from the military as it continues to experience operational pressures which have been exacerbated by COVID-19 related absences.