Mental Health and the second national lockdown

As we prepare to enter a second period of national lockdown, we must be mindful of how hard this prolonged disruption and enforced isolation is hitting the nation’s mental wellbeing.  Today I have written to the Prime Minister asking him to consider what potential allowances could safely be made for baby groups, places of worship … Continue reading Mental Health and the second national lockdown

Thousands of packed lunches delivered to children during half-term

More than 4,000 packed lunched have been delivered across Newcastle during half term. On Wednesday October 21, the Government defeated a motion in the House of Commons to fund Free School Meal provision during school holidays until Easter 2021. Restaurants, cafes, sports clubs and a host of voluntary and community sector organisations throughout the city … Continue reading Thousands of packed lunches delivered to children during half-term

Equality and Human Rights Commission Report – Antisemitism in the Labour Party

Today the Equality and Human Rights Commission published its report following an investigation into antisemitism in the Labour Party and has found it to have broken equality laws. It’s a shameful day for my party. My thoughts are with the Jewish community and the victims of anti-Jewish racism who have suffered appalling abuse, which was … Continue reading Equality and Human Rights Commission Report – Antisemitism in the Labour Party

Letter to the Chancellor on funding for breast cancer

Normally on #WearItPink Day we dress up in bright pink outfits to highlight as best we can that every year 11,500 women lose their lives to breast cancer. Covid-19 has put huge pressure on screening services and we can’t afford to delay. Today on #WearItPink day I’m wearing pink and have written to the Government … Continue reading Letter to the Chancellor on funding for breast cancer