The farce of this Prime Minister and government continued this week. After the Labour Party applied for a vote of no confidence, the Government refused to allow this vote to take place. It then realised that it couldn’t refuse and so has now tabled a vote of confidence in itself for next week. It’s another mess of the Government’s own making. We need a government that is focused on the issues that matter to Hackney, including tackling the cost-of-living crisis.
The Public Accounts Committee published a report on the vaccine roll-out (see here). Despite early successes, there are still nearly 3 million people who have yet to receive a vaccine and people of black and Pakistani origin are far less likely than their white counterparts to have had a first booster. It’s still not too late to receive your vaccine and doing so is crucial. COVID-19 rates are increasing and the vaccines are our best chance at protecting ourselves from serious illness with COVID-19. See here for details on where to receive your vaccine in Hackney.
And I was delighted that the Homeless and Vulnerable Person Outreach Service, based at the Greenhouse GP surgery in Hackney, won nationally at the NHS Parliamentary Awards (see here). The team built on the work done during the emergency response to the COVID-19 pandemic so that vulnerable people could continue to receive equal access to healthcare.
I was also pleased to welcome a group of students from City of London Academy, Shoreditch Park to Parliament for a Westminster experience day. We discussed my role as an MP and how to pursue job opportunities working in Parliament.