John, this week saw national lockdown restrictions
come into force for four weeks - a longer lockdown which could have been
avoided had Boris Johnson listened to the advice of his own scientists back
in September, and Labour's calls for a two-three week circuit-breaker
during the school half term.
Since the Prime Minister ignored that advice, we have seen a massive
35-fold increase in Covid deaths - that's 326 deaths a day and 22,000 Covid
cases. As Keir Starmer said on Monday, this is the tragic human cost of the
At every stage, the Prime Minister has been too slow and his failure to get
this virus under control means that tougher restrictions are now needed.
That's why Labour provided the votes needed to make this happen, but we are
demanding that the government learns from its past mistakes and uses this
The government must use this period to finally fix its broken track and
trace system and give control to local authorities, improve messaging to
rebuild public trust and set out a clear exit strategy so that we don’t
end up in an endless cycle of lockdowns and restrictions.
I know this lockdown will be longer and more difficult than before, but
together, we can get through this and with your help, we can help reduce
the spread of coronavirus and save lives. Please take a moment to
familiarise yourself with the new national lockdown restrictions by
clicking the link below.
LOCKDOWN RESTRICTIONS 
REMEMBRANCE SUNDAY VIRTUAL SERVICE
On Remembrance Sunday, we will remember those that have fallen and those
that serve to protect our country. We must never forget the sacrifices made
by our Armed Forces, their families and the incredible bravery of our
Unfortunately, many of us won't be able to attend services this year due to
the lockdown restrictions. However, St Philip’s Cathedral will be live
streaming their Remembrance Service on their website from 10:55am on
Sunday, and you can click below to watch live and join the virtual
JOIN THE NEW BIRMINGHAM GLOBAL SHAPERS COMMUNITY
This week, applications have opened for the newly formed youth-led
initiative called Birmingham Global Shapers. The Birmingham Hub represents
a diverse mix of young people who have been working in or around the city
of Birmingham shaping dialogue and creating solutions on the socio-economic
issues impacting our city.
If you are between 18-27 years old, from Birmingham and passionate about
finding solutions to the socio-economic issues impacting our city, then I
would strongly encourage you to apply for this fantastic opportunity.
HELP SPREAD JOY THIS CHRISTMAS
Central England Co-op has launched a Christmas Toy Appeal to help spread
joy and bring a smile to the face of as many children as possible this
Any gifts that you can donate will be warmly received at drop off points in
Co-op stores between 1st Nov-9th Dec. The toys will be distributed to
families up and down the country who might otherwise struggle to put a
present under the tree this year.
You can find out more information by clicking below.
FIND OUT MORE 
In a debate on Tuesday, I highlighted the plight of the Rohingya who have
faced discrimination, ethnic cleansing, enforced migration and years in
unsanitary and crowded camps since they fled persecution and oppression in
860,000 refugees currently reside in Cox’s Bazar district in some of the
most densely inhabited land in the world.
This number of refugees would be a struggle for most countries and for
Bangladesh it's been no different.
Internet restrictions around Cox’s Bazar remain limited, drastically
inhibiting the ability of Rohingya and Bangladeshis to obtain crucial
information about the spread of Covid-19.
In such cramped conditions, the spread of any virus is extremely likely.
And concerns have been raised about the accessibility of tests and the
reliability of the Covid-19 data.
The government must encourage the end of internet restrictions and work
with others to increase the availability of tests across the region.
Over 326,000 Rohingya refugee children are in dire need of education after
more than 6,000 learning spaces in Rohingya refugee camps were shut down.
It is vital that educational access in the refugee camps is improved to
ensure that we do not have a lost generation in these camps.
Failing to provide the children with the educational rights traps them in a
cycle of poverty and massively reduces any hope they may have of leading
independent, fulfilled lives.