Getting children back to school safely and putting a plan in place for any disruption, must be the government's top priority.
Labour has repeatedly called for every child to be safely back in school by September, but it has taken the government until now to realise that it has failed to reassure parents and teachers.
Their slow and chaotic handling of school reopening puts the education and wellbeing of a generation of children at risk.
We need to see a credible plan for getting children back in the coming weeks to ensure pupils and staff are safe and feel confident.
But the government's latest last minute u-turn on face coverings in schools, is one in a long line of u-turns which smacks of an incompetent government asleep at the wheel and not in control.
Instead of a summer of chaos, our schools needed the government to provide proper guidance and a plan to implement it.
In the absence of any leadership from this government, I’ve been impressed with how proactive Birmingham City Council and our Shadow Education Secretary, Kate Green, have been in supporting schools and providing clarity.
Despite the government passing the buck and outsourcing its responsibility once again, I’m pleased that many schools and headteachers here in Birmingham have stepped in to provide much needed certainty to parents.
The government now needs to learn from its mistakes and get the promised test, track and isolate system working and have plans in place for any disruption.
Boris Johnson risks betraying communities which helped get him elected if he fails to provide targeted support
Three in four jobs in the struggling automotive sector are in places the Prime Minister promised to protect. Like here in the West Midlands, where 54,000 people work in the automotive industry – a third of the entire country’s automotive workforce.
The outlook looks bleak with the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders estimating job losses in excess of 10,000 and production to fall by a third.
The government's refusal to recognise that some sectors and areas have been hit harder than others risks further job losses - a betrayal of many of the communities which helped get Boris Johnson elected.
Labour is calling for targeted support for the sector and its supply chain, and calling on the government to fast-track measures from the Automotive Sector Deal or Road to Zero strategy, with a focus on green jobs and decarbonisation.
Edgbaston Cricket Ground drive-through testing centre closed
Birmingham's drive-through coronavirus testing centre at Edgbaston Cricket Ground closed this week despite our city recently being put on Public Health England's watchlist, meaning our city requires enhanced support.
I joined colleagues in writing to Health Minister Lord Bethell to call for accessible replacement drive-through sites in Birmingham to be found.
You can read our joint letter in full here, or listen to my interview with BBC WM by clicking the button below.
The government's incompetence and bluster has been laid bare again this week with the announcement of the leadership team, tasked with setting the strategic direction of the new FCDO department, one week before it is due to be up and running.
This is despite the Prime Minister's announcement of the new department back in June.
The makeup of the new team, who have little development experience, shows that development is being sidelined by this government and provides further evidence that this a takeover by FCO.