PPE supplies

Shortages in PPE are risking lives.In a phone call with Jo Churchill, the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health, I pushed for a regional breakdown of PPE supplies and asked the Government to outline its plan to deliver essential PPE to care workers and homes.

Letter to the Government on the licence fee

I've signed a letter to the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions calling for the indefinite suspension of the withdrawal of the licence fee for over 75s.I welcome the Government’s decision to delay the withdrawal of the free TV licences in the middle of the Covid-19 pandemic.Many elderly people feel cut off from family & friends due to Covid-19. They shouldn't have to worry about paying for tv licenses in the near future.

Pushing for further support measures for charities

Too many charities, which offer vital services to vulnerable people, are struggling to stay afloat during this crisis.The Government's £750m package, whilst welcome, is not enough to ensure their survival.Charities, both big and small, need help urgently:   https://www.gov.uk/government/news/chancellor-sets-out-extra-750-million-coronavirus-funding-for-frontline-charities

Helping residents stranded abroad

I spoke to Dearne FM about the need to bring stranded Brits home.Right now, cancelled and extortionately priced flights are stopping thousands of people from getting back.My office is in close contact with the Foreign Office, working around the clock, to get them home.Listen to my comments on Dearne FM here.

Letter to the Government calling for more funding for local councils

Alongside nearly a hundred other MPs, I've signed this letter calling for the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government to give local councils more funding so they can send important updates on Coronavirus to residents.

Letter to the Government asking for support for local media

Local and regional papers like the Barnsley Chronicle and Yorkshire Post are so often at the heart of our communities - they cover stories others don’t, keep us connected, and ensure local voices are heard.Now more than ever, they need our support - I’m proud to add my name to this letter.

Tackling fake news on coronavirus

Important update from Hope not Hate on fake news and Covid-19.Before recess, I asked a question in Parliament on what is being done to tackle misinformation on the coronavirus outbreak.We need action now to stop the spread of fake info that stirs up hate and could endanger lives.   https://www.hopenothate.org.uk/2020/04/01/no-the-mosques-arent-open/

Open letter calling on ASOS to close

It’s a disgrace ASOS have not closed their warehouse - insisting their workers come in without social distancing.Workers have reported to me that extra staff are being brought in tomorrow to deal with the irresponsible weekend sale.Their CEO should be ashamed.Sign the open letter calling on them to close here.

Calling on ASOS to close

It is disgraceful that ASOS has not closed its warehouse to look after the welfare of its workers.It shouldn't matter if you're a CEO or warehouse worker, you deserve to be protected from Coronavirus.Read more in the Huffington Post here.

Support for self-employed workers

The Government’s financial support package for our country's 5 million self-employed workers is welcome news.But, it's the first step to helping workers and business owners deal with the COVID-19 crisis.Many are already suffering due to a huge drop in demand.They need funds now. For more information, click here.