West Yorkshire will stay in Tier 3 for now. Cases have been falling in our area, so Jason asked the Health Secretary when the next review will be and what more do we need to do to start coming down the tiers.
Jason McCartney MP
I accepted Kirklees being in tier 3 when we had some of the highest covid rates in the country, but cases have now plummeted and hospitalisations are down.
The case rate in Kirklees is about 167—below the English average—and in my Colne Valley constituency the case rates are actually under 100 per 100,000, and therefore I really thought we had a strong case to be brought down into tier 2.
I appreciate that the Secretary of State wants to be cautious, but can he tell me when will the next review be, and what more do my constituents need to do to come out of tier 3?
Matt Hancock MP
Legally, there is a review every two weeks, but in practice we review every week, and I will not wait a week longer than necessary to get places out of tier 3 if we can safely do that.
To people across Colne Valley I would say, first, that the reduction in rates has been impressive, but we are not there yet.
The pressure on the NHS has reduced, but is still significant.
I would also say to everybody in Colne Valley that they have a Member of Parliament who probably makes his case to me more than any other.
It is not for want of effort from the local MP, but this decision is based on the epidemiology, and I really hope we can get there soon.