Following the news that the government was seeking to ‘unlock’ the country and remove COVID restrictions on the 19th July, Mary Kelly Foy appeared on BBC Look North where she was asked to comment on the usage of masks after this date.
Asked if she would continue to wear a mask after restrictions were lifted, Mary said that she would continue to wear a mask in close, indoor spaces, even if it not mandated anymore. This comes after the new Health Secretary Sajid Javid announced that any easing of restrictions would be “irreversible”.
In The Mirror, Mary’s campaign for more access for defibrillators in grassroots sports was again highlighted following a response from the FA to Mary’s initial letter last month. Mary urged The FA to fund more defibrillators outright rather than just offering discounts to bring costs down to £750 per club.
“There needs to be careful consideration of how feasible these extra costs are to clubs who have had a year of financial hardship like no other. The £750 is a large fee for semi-professional and amateur clubs. I will be following up the letter to the FA to ask for more clarity on their discount scheme. I will press them to consider that some clubs are left in the position of choosing between life-saving equipment and simply staying afloat.”
Mary has arranged a meeting with the relevant people at The FA to discuss this issue further and press The FA on these issues.
In the Northern Echo, Mary’s recent column focused on education and, more specifically, the government’s plans for student catch up funds. Mary said:
We cannot overstate the seriousness of this challenge we now face. It is impossible to act too quickly or too boldly; we must ensure that the pandemic doesn’t create a lost generation. We need an educational recovery strategy that reaches every child in every school, and I am glad that Labour have proposed a comprehensive Education Recovery Plan that puts children at the heart of our recovery, would provide small group tutoring to all who need it; extend free school meals and provide quality mental health support in every school.
Mary also appeared on BBC Radio Newcastle where she was interviewed on the proposed ‘County of Culture’ bid that County Durham Conservative MPs went to the press with last month.
Speaking to BBC Newcastle’s Alfie Joey, Mary stated she would work with everyone cross-party on the bid should it materialise. She affirmed her belief in Durham as a bastion of culture and said she looks forward to working with everyone on this bid.
On Twitter, Mary’s speech in the Police Crimes Sentencing and Courts Bill amassed over 18 thousand views on the platform. Mary spoke about how the bill would criminalise the Gypsy Roma Traveller community. You can see her full speech by clicking here.
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