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Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross MP Jamie Stone to hold phone and email surgeries in wake of Covid-19 coronavirus outbreak


By Philip Murray


Jamie Stone
Jamie Stone

VIRUS prevention measures have prompted a Ross MP to begin phone-in surgeries in place of traditional face-to-face ones.

Jamie Stone, who represents Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross, has announced a number of measures to keep in touch with constituents by phone and online in response to the Covid-19 outbreak.

Mr Stone is writing to all his constituents aged 65 and over to inform them of how best to contact him and what the most recent advice is.

But while the lock-down continues, constituents can contact him over-the-phone every Friday in place of face-to-face surgeries – he will be available for the foreseeable future between 10am and midday and from 1pm until 3pm.

Then on Friday at 4pm we will host a live COVID-19 Q&A on Facebook with the public encouraged to email him questions by 10am at the latest on Friday morning.

He will be available on email throughout the week and his team will be taking calls on his behalf from 9 am till 5 pm every weekday on the number above.

Speaking before the announcement, Mr Stone said: "With the spread of Coronavirus, it's sensible that we follow the advice and limit face to face contact as much as possible. I have decided that to protect staff and constituents, I must close my office in Tain to the public.

"My team and I will continue to do our utmost to support the people of Caithness, Sutherland, and Easter Ross. We will still be contactable by phone and email.

"From now on, I will be holding surgeries over the phone instead of face-to-face. Please do get in touch, whatever your problem is – whether you're worried about the virus or whether it's a completely unrelated issue. As ever, my team and I will be happy to help.”

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