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My article in The Telegraph: I cannot support this second lockdown


The PM is doing what he thinks is best for public health, yet the modelling is much too uncertain. Following my article yesterday on The Telegraph, I have re-published it here: Our Prime Minister faces a nightmare scenario. Official advice on NHS capacity is that “even surge capacity is burnt through in all regions but London in the next four weeks” and “on the current trajectory the NHS will not be able to accept any more patients by Christmas week”. […]

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Financial support for jobs and businesses


A national lockdown is not cost-free; like many, I am concerned that England’s new restrictions may potentially harm lives, livelihoods and mental health. Though I voted no in the motion which approved England’s second national lockdown, we must comply. To support these restrictions the Government have announced: An extension to the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme until the end of March Eligible employees will receive 80% of their usual salary for hours not worked, up to a maximum of £2,500 There […]

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Summary of Methodological Issues in Epidemiology – Mike Hearn


This report on the methodological issues in epidemiology was produced by Mike Hearn, a former senior Google software engineer. I have raised the issues it highlights with the Chairs of the Science and Technology Committee, Public Administration and Constitutional Affairs Committee, and the Health and Social Care Committee. I have also raised it with the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care as well as the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster. Find the report here:

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02.11.2020 Briefing with MPs, Scientists and other Experts: Lord Sumption’s Speech


This morning, I chaired a Zoom meeting between MPs, scientists and other experts. We discussed a strategy for living with coronavirus, Recovery’s Five Reasonable Demands and the impact of the current restrictions. Below reads Lord Sumption’s speech: I am not a scientist. But I firmly believe that every citizen has a right and duty to understand the science. I also consider that when scientists differ, as they do on Covid-19, a sceptical lay public comes into its own. Across Europe, […]

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02.11.2020 Briefing with MPs, Scientists & other Experts: Emma Kenny’s Speech


This morning, I chaired a Zoom meeting between MPs, scientists and other experts. We discussed a strategy for living with coronavirus, Recovery’s Five Reasonable Demands and the impact of the current restrictions. TV psychologist, presenter and writer, Emma Kenny, gave this powerful speech: Recovery is asking the Government for five reasonable demands To behave with humanity To give equal regard to all lives To be willing to hold a comprehensive public enquiry and a balanced public debate, To safeguard all…. […]

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Supporting Families throughout the Coronavirus Pandemic


Throughout the coronavirus pandemic, knowing how challenging these times have been, I am pleased the Government has delivered unprecedented support to help those most in need. In addition to providing over £200 billion to protect jobs, livelihoods and businesses, they have : Increased Universal Credit by £1,000 a year Awarded £16 million to food charities Delivered £63 million of additional funding to councils across the country to help support families facing financial difficulties get hold of food and essentials Increased […]

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Important Update from Buckinghamshire Council: Fighting Coronavirus


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This week, I, like many other Wycombe residents, received an email from Martin Tett, the Leader of Buckinghamshire Council. He wrote to update on how the situation in Buckinghamshire is progressing, what to do to stay safe, and reveal the campaign the Council are running to help keep Buckinghamshire stay out of the ‘High’ category for COVID. Please see the email below: “The Situation in Buckinghamshire This week there is a clear message as unfortunately, we are starting to see […]

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Our plan for people’s jobs and incomes


We know people are deeply worried about the Coronavirus – the impact it will have on their jobs, their incomes and their ability to provide for their families. We said we would support the British people – and we meant it. We will do whatever it takes and we will get through this. Our Plan for People’s Jobs and Incomes, will protect people’s jobs; offer more generous support to those who are without jobs; strengthen the safety net for the […]

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Coronavirus update – social care


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The Health Secretary has published an action plan for adult social care in England, setting out how we will minimise the spread of coronavirus in care settings and support the care workforce to address the unprecedented challenges they face. We know that people in care are among the most vulnerable to coronavirus, and we are doing everything we can to keep workers, residents and their families safe. Our new action plan for adult social care will mean better access to […]

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Delivering more personal protective equipment for staff


The Government have announced their new plan to ensure the supply of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) throughout the COVID19 pandemic: https://bit.ly/CVPPEPR Find the full PPE Plan here: http://bit.ly/CVPPEPlan Review the technical specifications for Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) here: http://bit.ly/CVPPETechSpec Offer coronavirus (COVID-19) support from your business here: https://bit.ly/CVBizSpt Summary: Delivering more personal protective equipment for staff As we face the Covid-19 pandemic, global demand for Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) has never been greater. Several countries have placed export bans on […]

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