Joanna Mills1's blog


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.   


As a member of the All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for the Night Time Economy, I’m working with other MPs and peers to address some of the challenges facing the nightlife sector because of Covid-related restrictions.

The group has launched an urgent inquiry into the impact of Covid-19 on UK nightlife and is investigating how the sector can reopen and recover from the pandemic and we want to hear people’s views on the nightlife sector, and what it means to them.



This is the first newsletter I have written with the UK outside the European Union.  December 31st was a very sad day for many of us when the transition period ended, the UK officially became a “third country” and we lost the freedom to live, work, study and settle down in Europe.  I felt a huge sense of regret and sadness, but I know it isn’t the end. We will pick up the struggle for a future based on closer ties with countries which share our values. We are still European.

The Brexit debate in Parliament


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