Unite SOS for Jobs event

It was good to attend Unite's virtual SOS for Jobs event today on what we can do to support workers at this tough time.Unemployment has doubled in Barnsley in recent months - the Government must do more to protect both lives and livelihoods during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Writing to the Chancellor

Alongside Yorkshire MPs, mayors & council leaders, I signed a letter to Rishi Sunak.The Labour Party is calling for an exit-plan from COVID-19 restrictions, support for local livelihoods and a fully functioning test and trace system. If you want to sign your name, click here.

National lockdown measures, November-December 2020

Last week, new national COVID-19 restrictions were put in place.We must stay at home to protect the NHS and save lives. Thank you to all the frontline workers and NHS staff who are keeping our community safe. More info can be found here.

Flu vaccine

This year, with the double threat of flu and COVID-19 it is more important than ever that local residents get a flu jab if they can, to protect our community and reduce the pressure on our NHS.Find out more here.

Introduction of new national lockdown measures

The lockdown measures introduced last week are necessary but overdue.The Government have been too slow to act, placing lives and livelihoods at risk, and causing a longer, stricter lockdown than the two weeks recommended by scientists in September.Watch my comments on Politics North here.

The Government is levelling down the North

On BBC Newsnight, I spoke about the way this Government have handled COVID-19 in communities like ours.From free school meals to exam results and cutting laptop allocations for schools, they are not levelling up, they are levelling down.You can watch part of my comments here.

Hear My Voice 2020 poetry competition

Barnsley Museums are currently running a poetry competition to track life in lockdown – the Hear My Voice 2020 competition could see your work entered into a collection with Ian McMillan and Barnsley Poet Laureate Eloise Unerman.Find out more here.

Introduction of Tier 3 restrictions in Barnsley

I've pulled together the below info on what COVID-19 Tier 3 means for Barnsley. For up to date guidance, click here.

Introduction of Tier 2 restrictions in Barnsley

A number of people have been in touch to ask what the new restrictions mean for Barnsley.We are in Tier 2.This means we are at ‘alert level high' for COVID-19. We should continue to follow guidance, wear face coverings and socially distance.You can find more info here.

Meeting with Barnsley Council's Director of Public Health

I met with Barnsley Council Director of Public Health Julia Burrows to discuss the COVID-19 situation in Barnsley.With cases rising it’s vital we all follow the guidance to keep our community safe: reduce social contact keep two metre distance wear a face covering