Self-isolation support

Less than half of people needing isolation support payments have been able to access them. This isn’t just bad for families. It is undermining our public health response. That isn’t good enough. Barnsley Council has given more than the govt. The govt must do more.

Visiting a vaccination centre

It was a pleasure to visit one of the COVID-19 vaccination centres to see how the vaccine is being rolled out across Barnsley & to thank all the staff & volunteers involved in such a fantastic effort.

Tier 3 measures

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.