Aylesbury MP Rob Butler speaks to parliament about local response to coronavirus

During the Budget meeting at the Houses of Parliament on Monday, March 16 our MP praised what is being done locally to combat the Coronavirus.

Tuesday, 17th March 2020, 11:56 am
Updated Tuesday, 17th March 2020, 11:56 am
The MP paid tribute to NHS staff at Stoke Mandeville

He also spoke about the budget and the successful £170m Aylesbury Infrastructure funding awarded earlier this month.

He said: “This was a serious budget, for serious times, and it was undoubtedly right that the top priority for the Chancellor was confronting Coronavirus. Our public services are all crucial to this effort, but clearly it is the NHS which is at the forefront of our nation's battle to tackle COVID-19.

"I wholeheartedly welcome the Chancellor's commitment to spend whatever is necessary on the health service at this critical moment. In my own constituency of Aylesbury, Stoke Mandeville Hospital is caring for a number of patients with Coronavirus.

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"I pay tribute to the doctors, the nurses and all the other health workers there, and around the country, who are working tirelessly to help those affected by this dreadful virus.”

He continued: “Public services are not successful purely because of the amount of money provided by central government. Their success stems primarily from the dedicated public servants working to deliver them.

"At their best, public services are a combination of central and local government, working in tandem towards the same aims, and we're seeing this again now in the fight against

COVID-19.”