14 October 2020
Shailesh Vara praises work of volunteers during pandemic

Shailesh Vara calls on the PM to recognise the “unsung heroes” who have helped the elderly and vulnerable during the pandemic.

Mr Shailesh Vara (North West Cambridgeshire) (Con)

If he will list his official engagements for Wednesday 14 October. [907524]

The Prime Minister (Boris Johnson)

This morning I had meetings with ministerial colleagues and others. In addition to my duties in this House, I shall have further such meetings later today.

Mr Vara

During this pandemic, in my constituency of North West Cambridgeshire, I have seen a number of instances of ordinary citizens doing extraordinary work helping the elderly and vulnerable, and that has been repeated across the country in every single constituency, giving true meaning to the words “community spirit”. Would my right hon. Friend take this opportunity not only to acknowledge the fantastic work that has been done by so many people, but to give a huge thank you to each and every one of these unsung heroes of our country?

The Prime Minister

I thoroughly concur with my hon. Friend, and I congratulate all the volunteers for their spirit and the achievements they have delivered for the people of this country. I was delighted that we had a first chance to honour them in the birthday honours list at the weekend, or just some of them.