Keeping in touch
December 2020

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Covid and Brexit have dominated my month, but lots of other things have kept me busy too - including the evacuation of residents from Wicker Riverside. Whatever our problems, there are others facing far worse and I've launched a Christmas Appeal for Yemen's Children to which you can donate here. Make the best of this unusual Christmas break and best wishes for the New Year.

Covid-19 Christmas measures

This week I pressed the Health Secretary Matt Hancock to review easing of Covid measures over Christmas, to avoid spiralling transmission of the virus and pressure on the NHS, and pushed for better support for the hospitality sector. See here.

Challenging new 'austerity' moves

Along with other local Labour MPs I wrote to the Chancellor to oppose the Universal Credit cuts and key worker pay freezes announced in the recent Spendnig Review. Read the letter in full here.

Wicker Riverside evacuation

I've been worknig with Wicker Riverside residents since some were evacuated on Friday and others face intolerable costs over fire safety risks. I pressed the case for Government support at a meeting I secured with the Building Safety Minister.

Backing performing arts

I pressed Culture Minister Caroline Dineage on the lack of support for freelancers in the performing arts, from actors to technicians, affected by Covid restrictions. See more here.

Big Conversation report

I have produced a report of what constituents told me during my annual community consultaion (which you can read here) and will produce a further report on the action I've taken later in the year.

End the Cladding Scandal

The Wicker Riverside incident is part of a wider problem of high-rise safety and earlier this month I met with local leaseholders who have formed an action group.

Yemen Appeal

I've teamed up with Save the Children to launch a Christmas Appeal for Yemeni families facing catastrophic levels of hunger alongside conflict, cholera and Covid-19. Please donate here if you can.

Brexit talks

As Shadow Brexit Minister I've been following the talks which will shape our future, leading on required legislation, and pressing the Government on their preparations. See here.

Action needed on childcare

The pandemic has had a disproportionate impact on women with 67% likely to quit their job due to childcare demands, so I pressed the Equalities Minister to address the inequality. See here.

Gaps in Covid support

I challenged the Chancellor to close the loopholes in Government support, which are leaving so many businesses and individuals without the financial health the need. See our exchange here.


Q&A with Universities Minister

I organised a Q&A between 70 student reps from across the country and Universities Minister Michelle Donelan to discuss the challenges faced by students this year. See here.


Community notices

Support for victims of domestic abuse: 08088082241 is the Sheffield helpline (open Mondays to Fridays 8am-7pm & Saturdays 9am-5pm) and 08082000247 offers support nationally 24/7.)

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