[25/03/2020 | No comment]

This is an extremely difficult time for everyone in our community but especially those who run or work for small businesses.

I welcome the actions the government has taken so far to help small businesses and will continue to push for more support for self-employed people.

I know lots of people across Leicester will want to support our brilliant local businesses, whilst following the government’s instructions to stay at home.

Many of our fantastic local restaurants, cafes and pubs are adapting to the situation by offering new delivery services.

You can find a list of food and drink businesses now offering delivery here.

[23/03/2020 | No comment]

In the last week I have been contacted by several people who are interested in volunteering to help support those in their local area. This is fantastic and shows the real community spirit we have in Leicester.

Leicester City Council are working in partnership with Voluntary Action Leicestershire and food banks to organise a unified response.

Some examples of how you could help are:

  • Reaching out to people in the community and providing information and advice
  • Dog walking if people are unable to get out themselves
  • Providing a friendly phone call service to help people that may be isolated or lonely
  • Picking up shopping for those that can’t do it easily themselves
  • Posting mail

If you are interested in volunteering to support your local community you can sign up here.

[05/03/2020 | No comment]


One of my constituents, Dave Towers, has had a horrible time trying to navigate the NHS system to find the correct care for his parents. His story is truly heart breaking and I am appalled at what they have all been through.

It is completely unacceptable that in the hardest of times, when a family member is seriously ill, people are having to try to navigate a maze of departments, each one telling them something different.

This is sadly all too common and it has to change. We need one system, with one point of contact, where the services cooperate and work around the needs of the family, rather than the family having to find the service they fit the criteria for.

I have already raised this case personally with the Chief Executive of Leicestershire’s hospitals and I will be bringing all the different parts of the health and care system together to see what lessons can be learnt from what has happened and so we can start putting things right.

You can read the full story here.

[05/03/2020 | No comment]

I recently met with Simon Cole, the Chief Constable of Leicester, Leicestershire & Rutland Police, to discuss the latest crime and policing issues in Leicester including knife crime, drugs & domestic violence.

The need to work in partnership with other organisations to tackle these issues is more important than ever.

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