This is a situation none of us wanted to be in, but we cannot wish it away.
We can’t ignore the rise in infections we’re seeing across the country, including in Kent. And we cannot ignore the pressure this is putting on our NHS hospitals and frontline services.
Despite our best efforts to control the virus with social distancing and local restrictions, it’s clear that national measures are needed once again.
I know this will be a huge blow to people and businesses, who’ve already faced so much hardship this year. I’ll continue to work hard both locally and in Parliament to do everything I possibly can to support people, particularly those who are most vulnerable and at risk.
The Government will continue to support jobs and household incomes through these difficult times, including extending the furlough scheme and increasing self-employed support. Crucially, our schools will remain open and healthcare appointments should continue to minimise disruption to daily life.
We can all help get through this difficult time by following the guidance and looking out for each other. That sense of community spirit we rediscovered at the start of this pandemic will be needed more than ever.
We face a tough winter ahead, but we will get through it together.