The MP for Camborne, Redruth and Hayle, George Eustice, has publicly taken the reins of the Govt’s anti-Covid 19 initiative.

Forty eight year old George is organising the countrys food supply chain as Secretary of State for the Environment.

This afternoon the local Tory gave a keynote Covid19 address to the nation.

In the speech he asked everyone to obey an extended lockdown, and announced more than 30,000 deaths, outlining results for ongoing testing, and discussing future plans.

Key bullet points of George’s briefing included:

  • 626 Brits died of coronavirus today (Friday)
  • 31,241 have died since the pandemic hit
  • 11,788 in battling coronavirus in hospital
  • The Govt has conducted 1 631561 tests for the virus (This is marginally less than the Cobra Corona Virus task force’s set target.)

There was also an announcement of a £16million payout for food distribution to around 5,000 charities, such as homeless shelters and rehabs.

The MP revealed tentative plans for a tracing app to be rolled out nationwide to protect people when the lockdown lifts.

“An app may be critical as we enable people to move around and get to work,” he confirmed.

“On Sunday the PM will set out a roadmap as to how certain activities can become possible.”

But he added: “We have to be realistic, there will not be any dramatic change. We are not out of the woods.

“We will be living with this virus for some time to come.”

The Prime Minister is expected to relax some restrictions on Sunday, such as the amount of outdoor exercise allowed.

But the lockdown stands for at least another three weeks.

Cornish Dairy Farmers are getting a £10k Covid boost durnig George’s Whitehall tenure

Confirming we would all be shut down for the Bank Holiday George added: “Even though it’s a sunny bank holiday, its vital we don’t succumb to the temptation to go out and about.”

When a member of the public pitched a question about Brexit the former UKIP supporter was adamant.

He replied: “We’re still going ahead with it. Brexit, in fact, is something that has already happened. We left the European Union at the end of January.

“We have a transition period that ends at the end of this year.”

On May 6th George confirmed a multi-million pound support package for businesses and charities suffering from the lockdown.

Part of that will take the form of £10k grants for hard-hit Dairy Farmers

He ended todays press conference saying: “I want to thank all those working in the food industry from manufacturers to farmers for keeping food on our shelves.”

Here’s the keynote of George’s address, recorded and edited by Sky News.

And here’s the whole thing, posted by the Daily Telegraph:

George’s family have been 400 years in the Duchy and today run Trevaskis Farm in Hayle.

He started life at the family farm. Parents Adele and Paul paid for him to go to Truro Cathedral School, after which he went to Pool College.

A keen runner, George was a member of Cornwall Athletic Club at Carn Brea, while he helped run the family business for nine years after College.

He was in UKIP before joining the Tories and entering politics full time. He narrowly beat Lib Dem Julia Goldsworthy in 2010

Voters have returned him to office in all three subsequent elections. During his first run for office the local lad rapidly acquired the nickname ‘Farmer George’.

George married Katy Taylor-Richards in 2013

The new MP pushed a number of Cornish issues, including successful lobbying to beat the ‘pasty tax’ on hot food, and campaigning for Cornwall’s Heritage to be adminstered not by ‘English Heritage’ but by a dedicated Cornish body.

A hardline Brexiteer, he resigned from Theresa May’s Government. Boris made him Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs three months ago.

He says this is his ‘dream job’. (And if you’re really in to politics and want to know any more, Wikipedia’s page on George is a fair one.)

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