I KNOW that this is a worrying and uncertain time for all of us at the moment.

But Bury, Ramsbottom and Tottington’s incredible community spirit will prevail.

Thank-you to everyone who has stepped forward to help others at this time, and to everyone for listening to, and carefully heeding the Government’s advice.

Some of these measures are a difficult ask, the fact we have had more than 130 confirmed cases of coronavirus here in Bury, leaves us in no doubt as to why they are necessary.

It is not just the vulnerable or elderly who are at risk, and the actions we each take now will directly save lives.

In just a few short weeks, everyday life in this country has changed dramatically.

We all feel the profound impact of coronavirus not just on ourselves, but on our loved ones and our community.

I understand completely the disruption has caused to your lives, business and jobs.

Rest assured, the action the Government has taken is absolutely necessary to shield the vulnerable, protect our key workers and reduce the number of people becoming seriously unwell at one time.

Shield yourselves and protect your loved ones. We can limit the effects of this virus if we all take our share of the responsibility.

You know the drill: Stay at home. Protect our NHS. Save lives.

I want to say a massive thank-you to all those on the frontline, from NHS workers and carers, to teachers, food producers, all our colleagues at Bury MBC, supermarket staff, the police, delivery drivers, Armed Forces, prison officers and farmers.

There are many more of you who are owed our thanks, especially those who are quietly supporting neighbours who need assistance.

I pay tribute to all of you who are selflessly and courageously stepping forward, like the many community and voluntary organisations in our area who are doing a fantastic job.

You are a beacon of hope in these difficult times.

As your MP I am here to fight your corner. Please contact my office with any issue of concern you have.

We will get through these dark times very soon, a community standing together for the common good of everyone.