Weekly Round Up

by Liam Byrne | 18.04.20 | in: Uncategorized

This week I’ve been humbled to see the very best of our region coming together in the face of massive adversity. At the same time, we’re hearing troubling reports of a lack of PPE in our care homes and NHS and I’m working hard to make sure the government comes clean on what PPE is available. As we enter the fourth week of lockdown, here’s a quick email with some updates on what I’ve been up to in the last week and a reminder of the useful advice from Birmingham Council.



Urgent PPE letter

Our NHS workers and social care staff are tirelessly working on the frontline to protect us against the coronavirus. However, while supplies of masks, gloves and visors are running low, they put themselves at risk every single day. That’s why I joined council leader Ian Ward and Andrew Mitchell MP in writing to the Health Secretary and the Housing Secretary to demand a solution to the shortfall in PPE in the Midlands.

Big John’s

On Wednesday afternoon, I joined big hearted Big John’s & Human Appeal packing food parcels to help feed Brum! Big-hearted Big Johns, the famous Birmingham fast food chain, has joined forces with Human Appeal to help feed vulnerable people in the city and I was proud to muck in for a bit. Watch here.

Active Wellbeing Society feeds Brum!

Over the weekend, I joined the heroes at the Active Wellbeing Society warehouse as they package donations into food parcels for vulnerable residents across Birmingham. Click here if you wish to register: https://buff.ly/2VqvvWR

NHS Nightingale opens

This week saw the opening of the NHS Nightingale in the NEC in Birmingham to take pressure off our local hospitals like Heartlands. This military effort turned a conference centre into a 21st century hospital in just a few weeks. So here’s my quick video message saying thanks to all the people involved in making the plan a reality.

Stop the Rip Offs campaign gathers steam

You’ll have seen our campaign to stop bad businesses from profiteering from this crisis over the last few weeks. Whether it be overpriced onions or children’s medicine at 10 times the price, this should not be allowed in our communities. This week I spoke to consumer group Which? and together we’re calling for the government to make these kind of price hikes illegal. Take a look at my letter to the Business Secretary on what needs to be done.

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