This week’s Letter from Westminster comes from Aylesbury MP Rob Butler. He writes:

I am writing this Letter from Westminster during the most serious public health crisis for a century.

My full focus, and that of my team, is on helping my constituents in whatever way we can.

This is an extraordinary time for our country, and I must first thank the NHS heroes, key workers and all those on the frontline of the national fight against coronavirus, particularly those across Bucks.

I am also grateful to the many volunteers and coordinators of local community support groups that are helping the most vulnerable people across my constituency.

I do not underestimate the impact that coronavirus is having on people’s lives. I know how difficult it is, but it is vital that people follow the government guidelines on social distancing and stay home as much as possible.

That is the best way to slow the spread of this killer virus and save lives.

Over the past few weeks, I have been raising the concerns of my constituents in Parliament as often as possible. Of course, the most pressing issue has rightly been coronavirus, but I have also asked questions to ministers on topics ranging from HS2 and small businesses to prisons and policing.

Outside Westminster, I have held surgeries for constituents to help with a wide variety of issues, most recently in Stokenchurch alongside our local councillors.

I look forward to holding more surgeries across the constituency as soon as the coronavirus crisis is over. Meantime, I am having telephone surgeries which can be booked by emailing me.

I have also visited several local businesses, both large and small, and I feel inspired by the entrepreneurial spirit in the constituency.

It is this mindset, together with the fantastic community spirit being shown by so many, that gives me great hope that we will work together to get through this time of crisis and emerge stronger.

We will get through this together.