LUDLOW MP Philip Dunne is getting out and about in the constituency for the first time in months but he will not be back in parliament until the autumn.

Mr Dunne has been shielding and working from home because of a pre-existing health condition that puts him at greater risk should he get coronavirus.

He said that the easing of the lockdown has come as a relief to more than two million people who like him have been shielding.

“Last week, some hope was offered to the 2.2m people across the country who, like me, are shielding from this wretched virus – with shielding easing on July 6, before ending completely on July 31, provided there is no second spike in infection,” said Mr Dunne.

“The Health Secretary assured me in response to my virtual question in the House of Commons that these decisions were taken on scientific advice.

“While this does mean I will not return to the Commons before the summer recess, and must continue to vote remotely by proxy, it also means I shall be able to get out and travel the constituency once again, taking suitable precautions.”

He said it is welcome news that people can now be reunited with family and friends but that people still need to take care.