Congratulations to Carrie and Boris and it's great to see Boris back again!

It has been a strange, and often difficult, few weeks for all of us, but we were given a tremendous lift on Monday when Boris returned to No 10. Then on Wednesday it was announced that the PM and his partner, Carrie Symonds, had welcomed their new son into the world. A welcome ray of light during a dark time for our country.

I know you all will want to send your best wishes to Boris and Carrie, and I shall be writing to the PM on behalf of the Association. With the demands of a new-born baby, as well as being back managing our fight against COVID-19 there is no doubt the PM is handling a unique set of challenges. We are, of course, all right behind him.

Ordinarily at this time of year we would be in the final stretch of our local election campaign, but this year pounding on doors has been replaced with being confined indoors.  

With all this May’s scheduled elections have been postponed until 2021, so next year promises to be a challenging one. We will be co-ordinating many important elections at the same time with the Police & Crime Commissioner election being held as well as elections for Warwickshire County Council, Rugby Borough Council and in Bulkington for Nuneaton and Bedworth Borough Council. Rest assured that planning for all of this is already well under way. All local key services are working incredibly hard at the moment in conjunction with our local councils to ensure that government guidance is followed and that the public and our NHS are protected.

Also, despite the current circumstances our MP Mark Pawsey, our Police & Crime Commissioner, Philip Seccombe, and all our councillors remain hard at work and always contactable.

These past weeks have been hard for all of us, but our dedicated front-line workers are an inspiration to us all. We now need to stay the course and ensure that we all play our part in the battle to reach the light at the end of the tunnel. It is in sight.

If I, or the Association, can be of assistance in any way please do not hesitate to get in touch.

Kind regards

Peter Gilbert

Association Chairman