Speeches

999 Festival of Thanksgiving 2020

On Friday 4th September 2020 I delivered a pre-recorded speech as part of a special online version of the Emergency Services Festival of Thanksgiving. Guests in the programme included HRH The Duke of Cambridge; The First Ministers of Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales; Health Secretary Matt Hancock; the Chairs of the National Police and Fire Chiefs’ Councils; the CEO of the Association of Ambulance Chief Executives; and featured music from the Blue Light Choir. As part of the Service I was also proud to lay a wreath on behalf of the 999 Cenotaph, 999 Day and 999 Festival to remember all emergency services personnel killed as a result of their duties.

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999 Festival of Thanksgiving 2019

On Friday 6th September 2019 I delivered a speech to the Emergency Services Festival of Thanksgiving at St Giles’ Cathedral, Edinburgh, attended by the Minister of State for Crime, Policing and the Fire Service, Rt Hon Kit Malthouse MP, Scottish Justice Secretary, Humza Yousaf MSP, Scottish Health Secretary, Jeane Freeman MSP, Welsh Deputy Minister for Housing and Local Government, Hannah Blythyn AM, dignitaries and personnel from across the emergency services. The text of my speech is below. At the Service I was also proud to lay a wreath on behalf of the National Emergency Services Memorial, Emergency Services Day and 999 Festival to remember all emergency services personnel killed as a result of their duties.

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999 Festival of Thanksgiving 2018

On Friday 7th September 2018 I delivered a speech to the inaugural Emergency Services Festival of Thanksgiving at Manchester Cathedral, attending by the Minister of State for Policing and the Fire Service, Rt Hon Nick Hurd MP, dignitaries and personnel from across the emergency services. The text of my speech is below. At the Service I was also proud to lay a wreath on behalf of the National Emergency Services Memorial, Emergency Services Day and 999 Festival to remember all emergency services personnel killed as a result of their duties.

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