MPs watch: Football, Yorkshire Show and covid vaccines
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Last updated Jul 30, 2021
Harrogate MPs Nigel Adams, Andrew Jones and Julian Smith.

Every month the Stray Ferret tries to find out what our local MPs have been up to in their constituencies and in the House of Commons.

In July, the remaining covid restrictions were lifted, a historic decision was made to overhaul local government across North Yorkshire and England reached their first major football tournament final in 55 years.

Parliament went into recess on July 22.

We asked our three Conservative MPs, Harrogate & Knaresborough’s Andrew Jones, Skipton and Ripon’s Julian Smith, and Selby and Ainsty’s Nigel Adams if they would like to highlight anything in particular that they have been doing this month, but we did not receive a response from any of them.

Here is what we know after analysing their online presence.

Andrew Jones, Harrogate and Knaresborough MP.

Andrew Jones, Harrogate and Knaresborough MP.

In Harrogate and Knaresborough, here is what we found on Mr Jones:

  • On July 5, Mr Jones voted for the Police, Crime and Sentencing Bill on its third reading in the House of Commons. The bill has been criticised for giving more powers to police over protests.
  • Voted to make covid vaccines mandatory for staff working in care homes.
  • On July 15, Mr Jones called for a debate on the future of the events industry in the House of Commons.
  • On Friday, he was quoted as “welcoming” new funding for flood defences in Boroughbridge.
  • Mr Jones updated his website once in July. He visited the CityFibre works in Knaresborough, a £46 million project which is currently under construction.
  • Mr Jones’ Twitter account is for “retweets only”.
Julian Smith, MP for Ripon and Skipton.

Julian Smith, MP for Ripon and Skipton.

In Skipton and Ripon, here is what we found on Mr Smith:

  • Mr Smith tweeted on July 5 that he visited Broughton Hall.
  • On the same day, he voted in line with the government on the Police, Crime and Sentencing Bill.
  • Mr Smith also voted for mandatory covid vaccines for care home staff.
  • On July 16, he wished “good luck” to the Great Yorkshire Show on its final day.
  • Mr Smith did not speak in the House of Commons in July.
  • The MP posted four times on his website in July.
  • On July 23, Mr Smith tweeted to promote walk-in vaccine centres in North Yorkshire.
  • On July 27, he posted on his website that he had visited Devonshire Arms Hotel and Spa at Bolton Abbey Estate. He said it was “great to see that they are busier than ever”.

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Nigel Adams, MP for Selby and Ainsty which includes rural Harrogate.

In rural south Harrogate, here is what we found on Mr Adams:

  • A regular Twitter user, Mr Adams tweeted about England reaching the final of the Euros and posted a video of him at the Denmark game on July 7.
  • He tweeted again on July 11 to say he was “absolutely gutted” that England lost in the final to Italy.
  • On July 13, the Minister for Asia met with the Indonesia ambassador to the UK.
  • On July 15, he met the South Korean ambassador.
  • Mr Adams voted in line with the government on the Police, Crime and Sentencing Bill and mandatory covid vaccines for care home staff.
  • On July 20, Mr Adams visited a United Nations memorial to those who fought in the Korean War.
  • Mr Adams tweeted on July 26 that a dog had visited his office.
  • Mr Adams updated his website once in July.
  • He spoke in the House of Commons on three occasions in July.

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