✊🏾 ✊ This week I held my first Climate Assembly with the people of Hallam. More than 100 people came along to discuss their vision for green transport in Hallam. Huge thanks to everyone who came and contributed ideas. I’m already looking forward to the next Assembly on the 4th March, where we will discuss financing decarbonisation!
🔥 The government has announced new legislation to ban peatland burning! This is really positive news and a huge win for campaigners. But it is vital that we look at the detail of this to see how much peatland this new legislation will protect and in what circumstances peatlands will still be allowed to be burnt. I have already submitted a number of questions to the Minister to try and get clarity on this, and I will continue to push them on the long-awaited strategy for peatland restoration.
✉️ After a number of my constituents got in touch to raise the appalling conditions Asylum seekers are facing at Napier Barracks, I wrote to the Minister, calling for urgent action before more lives are put at risk.
❌ On Monday, my Labour colleagues and I forced a vote in Parliament, to call for an end to the cladding scandal. Nearly four years after the Grenfell Tower disaster, hundreds of thousands of people are still living in unsafe homes, and are being forced to pay the costs of remediating their blocks. The government must end this scandal now.
🏳️🌈 This week I welcomed the start of LGBT+ history month. We must use this month to discover and amplify the hidden LGBT histories we were never taught, remember those millions still without rights today, and learn about how we won these important rights, so we can keep fighting for them.
🏥 This week was also HIV Testing Week. I’ve recorded myself taking a test, sent to me by the Terrence Higgins Trust, to show how easy it is to do. It’s really important that we are all testing regularly, so we can reach the target of no new transmissions by 2030! You can order a free test here.