New restrictions have been announcement today to curb the rise in infections in our city.
From Tuesday (15th September), households in Birmingham, Sandwell and Solihull will be banned from mixing with any other households, indoors or in private gardens, except for those in a support bubble. This applies both inside and outside the city boundaries.
The news comes after infection rates in the city have sharply risen over recent weeks, with the latest infection rate being over 80 per 100,000 people, up on the previous week.
I know this announcement will come as a disappointment to many, but driving down the rate of infection in our city will require each and every one of us to play our part and follow the rules.
There have been warnings that further restrictions could come into force if things don't improve and fines of £10,000 will be issued by West Midlands Police for anyone who breaks the rules.
Remember to wash your hands regularly, wear a face covering in enclosed spaces, practice social distancing and get a test if you have symptoms. You can get a test by either calling 119 or by following the link below which will take you to the NHS website.
The Fire Safety Bill, which makes the necessary changes to fire safety laws following the Grenfell Tower tragedy three years ago, came before the House of Commons for the remaining stages on Monday.
I support this Bill and believe it is long overdue. However, it was only three clauses long and did not implement any of the Grenfell Tower Inquiry’s recommendations, which the government had promised to do.
That's why Labour tabled an amendment to the Bill to place robust requirements on building owners or managers and to implement the recommendations from Phase 1 of the Grenfell Tower Inquiry.
Shamefully, the government instructed its MPs, including Felicity Buchan, the newly elected Tory MP for Kensington where the Grenfell fire took place, to vote against the amendment and it was therefore not added to the Bill. I believe this is nothing short of a dereliction of duty.
Thousands of people around the country are still stuck in unsafe flats, including leaseholders in my constituency, who face extortionate interim fire safety and remedial work costs despite having no moral responsibility for the production of their unsafe home.
Like my colleagues, I will continue to press the government to give Grenfell survivors the support they need, bring those culpable to justice and put in place every measure needed to prevent a fire like Grenfell ever happening again.
On Tuesday, I chaired a West Midlands All-Party Parliamentary Group meeting with businesses from across our region.
It was fascinating to hear from a wide range of businesses and speakers, including Kate Smart from Harborne BID in my constituency, who highlighted the many challenges facing our high streets and the financial support they so desperately need.
On Wednesday, I met with students on the Parliamentors programme - where MPs mentor students from different faiths and beliefs.
I've had the pleasure of working with many amazing young people over the years through the Parliamentors programme, so I was pleased to have the opportunity to speak with those just starting their programme about the importance of mentoring and ways they can get involved in politics.
Following on from a question I asked at FCDO orals, which the government failed to answer, I sent a letter to Dominic Raab to urge the government to join
Labour’s call for an immediate end to the financing of new fossil fuel projects overseas, with UK aid.