Why I have been stay­ing in An­gle­sey home – by MP for Lan­cashire seat:


Bangor Mail - - Front Page - Ly­dia Morris

AN English MP has ex­plained why he and his fam­ily have been liv­ing on An­gle­sey dur­ing the coro­n­avirus lock­down.

Jake Berry, who is MP for Rossendale and Dar­wen in Lan­cashire, has been on An­gle­sey with his fam­ily since Fe­bru­ary – some weeks be­fore lock­down rules were an­nounced by Boris John­son on March 23.

A spokesper­son for Mr Berry said that, dur­ing their stay on An­gle­sey, a mem­ber of his fam­ily de­vel­oped coro­n­avirus symp­toms as the lock­down came in.

The fam­ily were then said to have “fol­lowed NHS ad­vice to self-iso­late” on An­gle­sey. The is­land’s MP Vir­ginia Cros­bie de­fended her col­league on Face­book fol­low­ing spec­u­la­tion on so­cial me­dia that Mr Berry, a for­mer min­is­ter for the North­ern Pow­er­house scheme, had trav­elled to the is­land with his fam­ily dur­ing the lock­down. Ms Cros­bie said the MP and his fam­ily have been fol­low­ing Welsh Govern­ment guide­lines at “their home” in An­gle­sey.

In a post on Face­book on Wed­nes­day, she wrote: “A few peo­ple have been in touch with me re­gard­ing the MP Jake Berry liv­ing here in the is­land.

“Mr and Mrs Berry have been liv­ing here in the is­land since Fe­bru­ary. It is their home.

“They have a very young fam­ily, with three chil­dren aged three and un­der.

“The Ber­rys have been here since be­fore the lock­down was an­nounced – it is their home – and they have as­sured me that they have fol­lowed all Welsh Govern­ment guide­lines.

“Mr Berry has not left the is­land since be­fore lock­down back in March.

“I would like to thank all those in the com­mu­nity that have sup­ported the Ber­rys.”

Rules set out by Boris John­son tell res­i­dents across the UK to re­main at their pri­mary res­i­dence, and vis­it­ing sec­ond homes is not per­mit­ted.

Mr John­son said do­ing so “puts ad­di­tional pres­sure on com­mu­ni­ties and ser­vices that are al­ready at risk”.

De­spite mea­sures in Eng­land be­ing re­laxed, with more free­dom to leave the home, travel, and ex­er­cise, while main­tain­ing so­cial dis­tanc­ing guide­lines, rules on vis­it­ing sec­ond homes re­main in place.

The Welsh Govern­ment’s ad­vice re­mains to stay at home.

A spokesper­son on be­half of Mr Berry said: “Dur­ing a visit to Wales, a fam­ily mem­ber of MrBer­rys Started show­ing signs of coro­n­avirus. This visit was prior to the govern­ment de­ci­sion to lock down.

“They fol­lowed NHS ad­vice to self-iso­late and were self-iso­lat­ing as lock­down came in.

“They have stayed in Wales dur­ing lock­down and con­tinue to fol­low govern­ment guide­lines to stay at home, to pro­tect our NHS and save lives.

“Mr Berry con­tin­ues to work tire­lessly on be­half of his con­stituents, help­ing them with the is­sues that have arisen dur­ing the out­break of coro­n­avirus.”

■ Jake Berry

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