🌎 This week I launched a project with my constituents to create a Hallam Citizens’ Climate Manifesto, to decide what action we want to see come out of the UN climate talks COP26, and what steps we want to take locally to implement a post-covid green recovery. Find out more and sign up to the first event here!
🐝 The Environment Bill also returned to Parliament this week. I put my name to a number of amendments including amendment NC5, to enshrine in law a responsibility on the government to end the decline of the #StateofNature in England no later than 2030. You can read my full statement on the Bill here. I have also tabled a question to ask the government what assessment he has made of the risk of bladder cancer from working with dangerous chemicals such as acetamiprid, cypermethrin and glyphosate.
✊🏽 ✊ This week the Labour Party forced a vote in parliament to draw attention to the government confirming last week that they are looking at UK employment law. It’s astonishing that a Government which claims to want to ‘#buildbackbetter’ is now floating further attacks on working hours and sick pay, and has remained silent on banning reprehensible fire and rehire tactics. You can read my full statement here.
🚉 Last weekend I spoke at Sheffield Labour for a Green New Deal’s event, discussing how our city can tackle the climate crisis by building a local Green New Deal. You can watch the event, and my contribution, here and you can find out about future events here.
🛒 I have joined campaigners at Independent Age to call on highstreet supermarket chains to suspend delivery charges and reduce minimum spends deliveries for priority slots – so those at risk aren’t penalised for following guidance. I spoke to the BBC about this campaign and have tabled a question to the Minister. If you want to join the campaign, you can write to the supermarkets and encourage them to make this change here.
🕯️And on Wednesday I lit a candle for Hollocaust Memorial Day to remember those murdered by the Nazis, including 6 million Jews, as well as victims of more recent genocides. We must never forget where hatred and bigotry lead, and we must stand against it in the UK and around the world.