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Over the last few months, trade unions and Labour MPs have been working hard to protect people’s livelihoods. Today, I met with Labour MPs and trade unionists across the Midlands to talk about the vital role manufacturing plays in our region and in our country.

We were also joined by Ed Miliband, Shadow Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, to discuss how we build a future economy that works for all.



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Congratulations to all students across Leicester receiving their results today.

If your plans have changed, or if you need advice on what your next steps should be, the below links may be helpful:

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Following lobbying from the city’s MPs, the Government have made £2.6m available to support Leicester’s economy. While it is less than the £10m that Leicester City Council asked for, it is still a welcome step to help the city recover from lockdown, and many businesses will be relieved to know that further funding support is being made available.

You can keep up to date with the latest local information on coronavirus on Leicester City Council’s website

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Nadhim Zahawi, Minister for Business and Industry, has confirmed to me that “there are no plans for changing the scope or extend any of the schemes currently available” for businesses and employees as a result of the Leicester local lockdown.

This is totally unacceptable. We have no idea when we are going to come out of this lockdown, but the Government has now confirmed there will be no extra financial help for our city. No extended support for employees on furlough, even if we are still in complete lockdown when the Government starts withdrawing the scheme. No extra money for businesses who are already struggling and at their wits end, forced to close their doors again or delay opening at all. And no extra support for the city council despite all the extra work they are doing to protect vulnerable people who are shielding, keep the homeless off the streets, and get food to people who can’t even afford to eat.

People in Leicester have already made huge sacrifices, and are going the extra mile to stay home once more, so we can get on top of this awful virus. They deserve better than a Government who just seems willing to leave people to fend for themselves.

You can read more about this story here and here.

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