As the UK marks the one-year anniversary of the first national lockdown, Rachel said:

“The past year has been one of the most difficult in this country’s history.

“This pandemic has taken a huge toll on us all, and I offer my sincere condolences to those in Redditch who have lost loved ones.

“I’d like to take this opportunity to thank everyone in Redditch for the way the town has pulled together these past 12 months. Local charities and organisations have been on the front-line supporting residents. Redditch’s community spirit has been on full display during this pandemic and everyone should be incredibly proud.

“We should also remember the great spirit shown by our nation over this past year. We have all played our part, whether it’s working on the front-line as a nurse or carer, working on vaccine development and supply, helping to get that jab into arms, home schooling your children, or just by staying at home to prevent the spread of the virus.

“It is because of every person in this country that lives have been saved, our NHS was protected, and we have started on our cautious road to easing restrictions once and for all.”