At the time of writing this article, we are in the fifth week of the war in Ukraine. Like everyone else, I have been shocked by the terrible scenes that we are witnessing on a daily basis while also being humbled by the resistance and acts of heroism of the Ukrainian people.
With the arrival of the first Ukrainian families to their sponsors in Britain, I know you are preparing to help those sharing their homes and those who are arriving having escaped from this terrible war.
Councils are key to Her Majesty The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations, which will be taking place from 2- 5 June. As an official part of the weekend’s programme, The Big Jubilee Lunch is encouraging millions to get together to celebrate what matters to their community.
I sit here writing this column still buzzing from our stunning victory in the North Shropshire by-election. Helen Morgan will make a fantastic MP, and a great voice for ignored rural communities.