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[30/06/2020 | No comment]

Bringing infection rates down in Leicester and protecting public health must be our first priority.

I support the lockdown, but I am concerned that the Government was too slow in giving the Council even the most basic postcode data, which is essential to tackling the problem.

I hope the Government will now work very closely with us to ensure our city gets all the resources needed, and to put actions in place to really get on top of this.

You can watch my interview about this on Sky News here, and you can watch my interview on BBC News here.

[29/06/2020 | No comment]

Getting on top of the COVID-19 spike in Leicester and protecting public health must be our first priority. I am extremely concerned about children missing school, local businesses, and jobs, but if we don’t bring infection rates down it will be worse for us all in the long run.

We can and we will beat this virus by working together. That is why I urge the Government to ensure Leicester gets all the resources needed, including more testing kits & facilities, promoting health messages in all languages, and more inspections and support in workplaces, if that is required.

Lessons must also be learnt from the handling of Leicester’s spike. The Government was too slow in giving the Council even the most basic postcode data, which is essential to tackling the problem, and over the last few days there have been off the record briefings leaving people anxious & confused.

These issues must be addressed. Because this won’t be the last local outbreak, and we need a faster and clearer strategy to grip problems and ensure we keep everyone healthy and safe.

 

[26/06/2020 | No comment]

Earlier this week I took part in an event set up by Leicester City Council as a part of their anti-poverty strategy to discuss the impact of Covid-19 on those experiencing poverty in the city. Other attendees included members of Feeding Leicester, a group I chair.

It was fascinating to hear the ideas shared by other attendees, as well as what they think has gone well during lockdown, and what can be learnt from.

I will continue to support the fantastic work done by Leicester City Council and the Feeding Leicester Group to support those in hunger.

[22/06/2020 | No comment]

Last week I met with the Federation for Small Businesses (FSB) and several of their members to discuss the support they and the wider East Midlands economy need. It was fascinating to hear the first-hand accounts of how individual businesses have been affected by the crisis and what they feel needs to be done.

I will continue to do everything I can to push the government to ensure the voices of small businesses are heard during these difficult times.

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