Shopping in Droitwich

Over, the weekend, it was great to see so many shops open for business again.

Even at the busy stores, queues are moving quickly and everyone is abiding by social distancing. Pictures here from Droitwich.

Visit to Hanbury Hall

It was great to be out and about in the constituency today, visiting the National Trust site Hanbury Hall in Droitwich.

Funding from Arts Council

The Arts Council England have donated an incredible £49,500 to organisations or creative practitioners in the constituency as part of their Covid-19 Emergency Response Fund.

Gov approval for Coronavirus treatment

Last night, the Prime Minister made a speech about the use of dexamethasone to treat hospitalised COVID-19 patients. For more information, please have a look here.

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.