Britain’s youngest MP Nadia Whittome has returned to her former job as a care worker to help with the coronavirus crisis.
The Nottingham East MP said she will donate the salary receives from her part-time role to a local Covid-19 support fund.
The 23-year-old said: “I am returning part-time to my previous job as a care worker because social care is already in crisis and the care system is in serious danger of falling apart at the seams during the Covid-19 pandemic.
“Care workers work tirelessly to support communities, yet rarely receive recognition and pay that reflects their contribution.”
Ms Whittome, who was elected in December 2019, also called for an “emergency” universal basic income, mass testing, and contact tracing on the scale of other countries that have successfully contained the disease.
Thousands of former healthcare workers have also come out of retirement to help fight the outbreak after health secretary Matt Hancock called on them to return to work.
Ms Whittome added: “As well as providing a public service, I hope that my returning to care work will give profile and recognition to the workers responsible for the dignity, well-being, and health of so many.
“Returning to my frontline job is an act of solidarity with my colleagues who are struggling under increased pressure and with elderly people who are more at risk if they contract Covid-19.”