From Preet Kaur Gill MP <[email protected]>
Subject Here's your weekly update John
Date May 27, 2022 1:11 PM
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Dear John,

This week we saw the publication of the Sue Gray report into the events
that took place in Downing Street during Coronavirus restrictions. The
report’s findings were shocking, detailing serious failures of leadership
that led to multiple examples of unacceptable behaviour, at several events.
It confirmed that the most senior leaders in government attended these
events that “should not have been allowed to happen.”

The details are stark. Five months ago, the Prime Minister told Parliament
that “all guidance was followed completely in No. 10.”

Yet we now know he attended numerous events, at least one of which the
police have handed out fines for, deeming it illegal. We know that just
before Boris Johnson cancelled Christmas for millions of people an event
was held in Downing Street in which staff drank “excessively”, which
others in the building described as a “party”, and that cleaners were
left to mop up red wine the next day.

So many people across our constituency have contacted me to say how they
were unable to attend the funerals of family members, went months without
seeing loved ones and had their lives turned upside down by the pandemic

This is what make it so hard to read the report without concluding that the
government treated these immense sacrifices with utter contempt.

As our community begins to feel the crippling effects of the cost of living
crisis – families need to know that they have a government that is on
their side, entirely focused on what people need. That is why I have
written to my neighbouring Conservative colleagues across the West Midlands
imploring them to call on Boris Johnson to resign. While I understand this
will not be easy for many of them, it is the right thing to do.

Sue Gray’s report lays bare the rot that has infected 10 Downing Street
under this Prime Minister. The buck must stop with him and it is time to
restore integrity and credibility to Number 10.


Five months ago, Labour first called for a windfall tax on oil and gas
profits to lower energy bills across the country. Since then, we have
called for this action more than 250 times in the press. Yesterday, the
government finally announced a U-turn and set out how they would at long
last be implementing this policy. It is now clear about who is winning the
battle of ideas in Britain. Where Labour leads, the Conservatives follow:

Labour pushed for the windfall tax. They’ve adopted it.
Labour said the buy now pay later scheme was wrong. Now they’ve ditched

This is a chaotic and rudderless Conservative government whose policies
rarely last more than a few months.

Today, we should have had an Emergency Budget to spike the hike in National
Insurance, cut small business rates, provide help for energy intensive
firms and ensure that every pound of taxpayers’ money is spent wisely.

But the really crucial question is, where is their long-term plan for
growing and protecting our economy? We need to fix the causes, not just the
symptoms of the cost of living crisis.
That’s why Labour has a plan for our long term energy security, and a
long term plan to grow the economy.

The Chancellor claims that a total of £37bn in cost of living support he
is providing this year but most of that just compensates for the £35.4
billion of personal tax rises he has announced over the next two years.



Staff of West Midlands Ambulance Service have warned how the service is
only a few months away from the brink of collapse. This is a worrying
development and is just the latest call for much-needed help from our NHS.

Last month, the ambulance service said at least 72 people in the West
Midlands had died in the past year because ambulances did not get to them
in time. Following these reports, I wrote to the health secretary, Sajid
Javid, who is a fellow West Midlands MP, about this situation. Yet, he
hasn't even bothered to respond.

I am now extremely concerned given ours is the largest NHS trust in the
country. Clearly the Government hasn't done enough and doubtless, a lot of
ambulance services are going through a similar crisis. It is in the
Government's best interest to act but they don't have the solutions to fix
the problem. It has been left to trusts to fix the problems. This is a
dangerous precedent for the Government to set and is putting lives at risk.



This year I know that many of you are looking forward to celebrating the
Queen’s Platinum Jubilee. This falls on Friday 3rd June however, it is
also the date of my next advice surgery.

Due to the bank holiday, a few locations where I would normally host
surgeries are closed. Therefore, on the 3rd June only, I will not be
running my advice surgeries. Instead, I will be looking to meet with
residents at street parties and other community events across the
constituency. I hope to see as many residents as possible.

In the meantime, if you need my help or support with anything, please
contact me on email at [email protected] or call me 0121 392
8426. Usual service will resume on 9th June with my Edgbaston ward surgery
running at the Community Centre, B15 2HU from 10.30-11.30am.

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