Weekly Round Up 2nd May

by Liam Byrne | 04.05.20 | in: Uncategorized

I hope very much this finds you well and safe.

It’s been another intense week – but it does now seem like the Peak of Covid may be behind us – for now. We have lost so many dear loved ones – including Mary Jagroop, a much loved nurse at Heartlands. Too many families know exactly that heartbreak feels like. But it is thanks to people like Mary, known as Dassie to her family, that our local hospitals have now discharged 1,500 patients who have recovered from Covid.

Over the week ahead, I’ll be stepping up calls for the Government to start building a plan, not just to save lives, but to save livelihoods. We need a plan that gives us all confidence that the sacrifices made will not be in vain.

Here’s a quick roundup of the news this week — and as ever please don’t hesitate to get in touch if I can help in anyway.

Best wishes

Liam Byrne MP


Essential workers are on the frontline in our fight against coronavirus. That’s why I’m joining UNISON West Midlands and all WM Labour MPs in asking the mayor to extend free public transport to all key workers. https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=287938375536350

Call with the GMB

To mark #InternationalWorkersMemorialDay I caught with the GMB Union‘s brilliant Cerys Way to talk about today’s history and why the struggle is more important now than ever Down pointing backhand index #SaveLives #SaveLivelihoods https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=270647790757760

World Bank pandemic call

On Friday, in my role as Chair of the Parliamentary Network on the World Bank and IMF, I presided over a virtual parliamentary briefing on pandemics, with a special focus on COVID-19. I was joined by 124 parliamentarians from 55 countries around the world. In this briefing, we heard about some of the measures being taken on a global and local level to tackle COVID-19. https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=527598181239537

Community Fund Launched

Excellent work from our Police & Crime Commissioner launching a new £200k West Midlands community fund for the amazing volunteers and community groups working hard right now. Here’s the link: https://www.westmidlands-pcc.gov.uk/community-initiatives-fund/

Birmingham Active Wellbeing Society

If you are feeling lonely and need a friendly chat, or need some food or urgent supplies hen please don’t hesitate to contact the Active Wellbeing Society using the details below. People who are self isolating or organisations looking for support can also contact us via the below pages, or calling 0121 728 7030 during office hours. https://theaws.co.uk/relief/

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