Attending a briefing for North and Midlands MPs

I attended a COVID-19 briefing for North and Midlands MPs. The Government needs to stop briefing the press first and start talking to local councils and mayors.It's ridiculous that restrictions that impact millions of people are being decided on with no input outside Whitehall.

Meeting with the Canal and River Trust

I met with the Canal and River Trust to discuss the impact of COVID-19 on our waterways and the businesses that operate on them.Access to greenspaces & nature shouldn't be for the privileged few.The Government needs to do more to support the businesses and community groups based on our waterways.

Speaking to Calendar about the Job Support Scheme

I spoke to Calendar about Rishi Sunak's Job Support Scheme, which is too little too late for the thousands of workers who've already lost their jobs.We need a Back to Work budget that recovers jobs, retrains workers and rebuilds businesses hit hard by COVID-19.You can watch my comments on Calendar here.

Speaking to Hallam FM about COVID-19 testing

I spoke to Hallam FM about failures in COVID-19 testing following Boris Johnson's refusal to take responsibility in Parliament for the fact a Barnsley mum couldn't get a test for her son.We need a fully functioning test and trace system now.You can listen to my comments on Hallam FM here.

Barnsley East COVID recovery survey

As we rebuild after COVID-19, it is vital that local residents here in Barnsley have the opportunity to shape our post-pandemic recovery.Please do let me know your thoughts by filling in my survey:

Increases in COVID-19 cases in Wombwell

There has been a concerning rise in COVID-19 cases across Barnsley, particularly in Wombwell. We must do all we can to drive down transmission of the virus to protect our community and avoid local lockdown: Maintain distancing Follow Govt guidance Got symptoms? Get tested Localised testing is currently available in Wombwell - if you have any concerns that you may have COVID-19, please do get a test to protect yourself, your family and our community. Following the increase in cases, I have written to Matt Hancock to push for increased local testing and further support for Barnsley Council and local public health teams to carry out vital contact tracing in our community to break the chains of transmission of the virus.

Support for culture and heritage organisations

Heritage organisations who are struggling financially due to Covid-19 can now apply for a government grant.The culture and heritage sector has been hit hard by the pandemic and money has been made available to help them through these difficult times.Organisations can apply for funding up to midday 17 August.Find out more here.

Supporting Barnsley Foodbank

This week I popped in to visit Barnsley Foodbank. If you have any unwanted food/toiletries, in particular nappies, pasta, tinned goods, tea or coffee please consider donating.

Distributing face coverings in Wombwell

I joined Barnsley Council in Wombwell as part of their initiative to distribute 25,000 face-coverings to local residents.We must do all we can to protect our community.Be a Barnsley Superstar by wearing a face covering on transport, in shops and closed public spaces.

Visiting Cranswick Foods

Following the tragic deaths of 3 workers from COVID-19, I visited Cranswick in Wombwell with John Healey MP to see for myself what safety measures they have introduced to protect their workforce.Workers' health must come first. Every effort must be made to make higher-risk workplaces, such as meat processing plants, COVID-secure.I remain concerned that the Health and Safety Executive has acted too slow to address workers' concerns during the pandemic.I have called on them to do more to inspect and sanction businesses where concerns are raised about unsafe working practices in our community. If constituents have any concerns about workplace safety across Barnsley then please get in touch.