The government has been warned today that it has 24 hours to save British
jobs, John. It can do this by changing course on its
disastrous one-size-fits-all plans to withdraw furlough – or risk an
historic mistake that would hand P45 notices to workers across the country.
Hundreds of thousands of people have lost their jobs since the start of the
pandemic and in a matter of hours, more than 820,000 furloughed workers
here in the West Midlands will start losing support.
If the government does not do everything possible to protect jobs, the
crisis will cause yet more damage to people in all regions and nations of
the UK. Britain can’t bounce back if we’re stuck in a jobs crisis.
But it isn’t too late. Labour has launched its nationwide 'Jobs, Jobs,
Jobs' campaign today with a five-point pledge to fight for jobs, keep
workers safe and back businesses:
1. FIGHT FOR JOBS: by reforming the furlough scheme so that it supports
jobs in the worst-hit sectors and targets aid to struggling industries.
2. BACK OUR BUSINESSES: by setting up a £1.7 billion fightback fund to
prevent firms going under and save our high streets.
3. LEAVE NO-ONE BEHIND: by providing additional support to areas forced
into local lockdowns, supporting the self-employed and helping those left
out of existing schemes.
4. KEEP WORKERS SAFE: by protecting workers’ rights, boosting sick pay,
making workplaces safe and giving our NHS and care services the resources
to avoid a second wave.
5. DRIVE JOB CREATION: by investing in infrastructure, accelerating
progress towards a zero carbon economy and increasing access to skills and
Find out more about Labour's campaign by visiting LABOUR.ORG.UK/SAVEJOBS
, where you can let us know how you feel about jobs and the economy as
well as taking action to help.
TAKE ACTION 
STRUGGLING AUTOMOTIVE SECTOR
Figures out from SMMT this week show that car production is down 43% in the
first half of the year as the automotive sector has announced more than
11,000 job cuts amid the coronavirus crisis.
These figures make for sombre reading and will be of great concern to the
50,000 people across the West Midlands who work in the automotive sector.
The government must end its one-size-fits-all approach to this crisis and
bring in sector specific support.
On Monday, I joined thousands of others in taking part in a 48 hour boycott
of Twitter in response to the company's refusal to take proper action
against the grime star, Wiley, for a stream of antisemitic posts he made on
social media over the weekend.
Social media companies, like Twitter,
must make it clear that there is no place for anti-semitism or other forms
of hate speech on their platforms.
But the social media giants have repeatedly failed to tackle online hate on
their platforms, which is why we need proper legislation to keep people
The government promised the Online Harms Bill over a year ago now - we
cannot afford to wait any longer.
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1,000 DAYS DETAINED #FREEJAGGI
Scottish-born Jagtar Singh Johal has spent 1,000 days in detention in
India, where he has alleged torture, and without any evidence or charge.
This is now deemed an arbitrary detention.
No one can imagine what Jaggi and his family have gone through these last
Yesterday, I took part in a special panel discussion to mark Jaggi's 1,000
days in detention. You can watch this by clicking the button below.
HELP END MODERN SLAVERY
Modern slavery sadly still exists and thousands of victims are being
exploited right under our noses across the country.
Join me in calling on councils to help end human trafficking by vetting
their supply chains to ensure no instances of modern slavery are taking
Click the button below to take action against this scourge of our society.
TAKE ACTION 
INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT NEWS
"THIS IS A TAKEOVER NOT A MERGER"
I spoke to the Guardian this week about the takeover of DfID and how it
will weaken our global influence.
As I said in the interview, spending £50m on a Whitehall restructure in
the middle of a pandemic that has not yet peaked, to fix something that is
not broken, tells you everything you need to know about where this
government’s priorities lie.
GUARDIAN INTERVIEW 
EQUITABLE VACCINE ACCESS FOR ALL
Ahead of the GAVI vaccines board meeting yesterday, I wrote to the
Secretary of State to make sure that UK aid is used to guarantee that
vaccines are produced as quickly as possible and distributed based on need,
not on how deep someone's pockets are.