Third Reading of the Commonwealth Games Bill

Yesterday, I was in the Chamber for the third reading of the Birmingham Commonwealth Games Bill.

Have a look at the video above for a few short highlights of the Bill - an important moment for me not just as Sports Minister, but also as a Midlands MP.

PM statement on Black Lives Matter

Last night, the Prime Minister released a statement to the newspaper, the Voice, and published a video which you can find online here.

If you want to read the full statement, please have a look below:

DCMS questions

Yesterday in a socially distanced Chamber of Commons, I took to the despatch box for Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport questions.

Restrictions eased for those 'shielding'

Over the weekend, you may have seen the announcement that extremely vulnerable people who have been “shielding” in England to be able to spend time outdoors.

2.2 million people shielding in England to be able to spend time outdoors from tomorrow (Monday 1 June)

Self Employment Income Support Scheme extended

Today, the Chancellor took to the podium to announce that the Self Employment Income Support Scheme will be extended: 

Factsheet for SEISS and CJRS schemes (PDF, 126KB, 5 pages)

PM update on 5 tests and loosening restrictions

The PM took to the podium yesterday to give some updates on how we're going on the 5 tests. He talked about retail shops reopening and from Monday, 6 people will be able to meet outdoors, providing they continue to follow social distancing guidelines.

Test and Trace Programme

This morning, the Government launched the test and trace programme - a means for us to help get back to normal by testing and isolating those with the virus.

The NHS test and trace service:

Former Droitwich Mayor, Shaun Best

I was so very sorry to hear about the passing of former Droitwich Mayor, Shaun Best.

He was a talented musician and dedicated public servant and being in his company was always an enjoyable experience.

I know he did so much for our community and he will be greatly missed.

South Worcestershire Rural Watch

I’ve heard really good things about the South Worcestershire Rural Watch which has been established by West Mercia Police to enable cooperation between farmers, rural businessmen and women and the police force to tackle rural crime.