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Violence against women and girls

Like so many people across the country, I was shocked by the abduction and murder of Sarah Everard. The fact that a serving police officer has been charged makes it even more shocking.

I’m reminded too of the brutal murders of Bibaa Henry and Nicole Smallman in north London – which were equally shocking though got far less media attention.


High Court judgement on PPE procurement 

I have been part of a legal action against the Government over secretive PPE contracts and on February 19th, I was delighted to learn that we had won our case.  The High Court ruled that the Secretary of State for Health had broken the law by failing to publish details of Covid-related contracts. The judgement was crystal clear: the public "were entitled to see who this money was going to, what it was being spent on and how the relevant contracts were awarded."


Like so many people in Brighton and Hove, I was shocked and saddened to hear that RISE, a hugely respected charity in the city who’ve provided vital support for survivors of domestic abuse for over 25 years, have lost contracts to operate outreach and refuge services.  



It’s hard to believe it’s a year since the first cluster of coronavirus cases was discovered in Brighton and Hove. A GP surgery and pharmacy were closed for deep cleaning, and many people were worried or confused about what they should be doing and what measures like self-isolation actually meant. There was a lack of clear, timely information and unfortunately the situation didn’t improve for many weeks.   


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