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Liberal Democrats in Caithness set up Coronavirus Community Taskforce

By Matt Leslie

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Liberal Democrats in the Far North have set up a taskforce to help coordinate the network of councillors, members and activists in the community to ensure the most vulnerable are being supported during the coronavirus crisis.

The taskforce, which is part of a national initiative by the Liberal Democrat Party, will help coordinate the responses of Liberal Democrat councillors, members, activists and supporters to the Coronavirus crisis.

This is to ensure all those self-isolating, especially the vulnerable and elderly, get the support they need.

As well as helping people with basic supplies, the network of volunteers will help share best practice and the best ideas and ensure those in their communities are able to follow the guidance being put forward.

The Coronavirus Community Taskforce will be chaired by Sir Stuart Etherington, the former Chief executive of the National Council for Voluntary Organisation.

Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross MP, Jamie Stone,said: "As the Coronavirus crisis continues, we in the Highlands are rightly concerned about our family, friends and loved ones.

"This crisis is leaving the most vulnerable in our communities at risk and I am determined to do what I can to help them.

"That is why I have set up a Community Action Group on Facebook to connect people from across the Far North to see how best they can help one another.

Our communities at risk and I am determined to do what I can to help them

"More broadly, the Liberal Democrats are setting up a Coronavirus Community Taskforce in the Far North.

"This will coordinate our network so we can ensure those who are in most need get support."

Chair of the Coronavirus Community Taskforce, Sir Stuart Etherington, added: "It is critical that vulnerable people in our communities receive the support they need.

"It will be communities themselves that have to respond to take the pressure off our excellent but hard pressed statutory services.

"It’s time for the altruistic instincts of volunteers to play their part and I’m pleased to assist this welcome Liberal Democrat initiative."

The initiative also has the support of acting Liberal Democrat leader, Ed Davey.

He said: "We are in an unprecedented situation and we believe that the Liberal Democrats, with our strong and historic links to local activism and community politics, have a wealth of knowledge and unique ability to go into our communities and offer support.

"This will be scaling up of what Liberal Democrats do - day in, day out – helping the most vulnerable in our communities.

"I'm delighted Sir Stuart has agreed to chair this new taskforce for our party. He brings huge knowledge, experience and expertise to help guide our work.

"We must do everything we can to support our communities during the crisis. Each and every one us needs to do what we can during this difficult time and I am proud to say that the Liberal Democrats will step up and take that role very seriously."

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