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The EU Withdrawal Bill is coming back to the Commons tomorrow and Brexit will again be dominating my week with debates on the amendments from the House of Lords going on across Tuesday and Wednesday. It’s Brexit today too, as I’ll be speaking for Labour in a Westminster Hall debate on a petition about Parliament’s vote on the Brexit deal including an option to remain in the EU, and again on Thursday for Brexit Oral Questions.

While my Shadow Brexit Minister role will be taking up most of my time, I’ll also be chairing an All Party Parliamentary Group on Students event with Philip Augar, Chair of the Independent Panel for the Post-18 Education and Funding Review; co-hosting a roundtable on immigration detention organised by the Red Cross with former Conservative Cabinet member Caroline Spelman MP; going to an event to celebrate Carers Week as a proud Ambassador for Sheffield Carers Centre and Patron for Sheffield Young Carers; and meeting with the Irish Embassy.

Unusually I’ll probably be in Parliament until the end of the week as the House of Commons is sitting on Friday where we’ll be debating Private Members Bills, including Mental Health Units (Use of Force) Bill and Freedom of Information (Extension) Bill. I’ll be heading back to Sheffield in the evening and on Saturday will be at an event for the Great Get Together in memory of Jo Cox.

The EU Withdrawal Bill, the post-18 education review, and Carers Week – some of my week ahead

The EU Withdrawal Bill is coming back to the Commons tomorrow and Brexit will again be dominating my week with debates on the amendments from the House of Lords going...

After months of the Government avoiding key votes on Brexit, we’re now expecting the EU Withdrawal Bill to return to the House of Commons next week, when we’ll be voting on the fifteen issues put forward from the House of Lords. So, for much of this week I’ll be preparing for the debates to come in which I’ll be leading for Labour’s frontbench in my role as a Shadow Brexit Minister.

But there’s lots else going on as well. I’ll be in the Chamber today for a statement from International Trade Secretary Liam Fox about President Trump’s decision to impose tariffs on steel imports and to support colleagues in seeking an emergency debate on abortion in Northern Ireland. Before that, I’ve been drawn for Home Office Questions, providing my first opportunity to question the new Home Secretary Sajid Javid; attending an All Party Parliamentary Group on Loneliness event about how we can tackle loneliness amongst refugees and asylum seekers; and chairing a meeting of the Labour Campaign for Electoral Reform.

Tomorrow I’m joining the launch of a new report into the charity workforce in post-Brexit Britain, as well as go to a Shadow Brexit team meeting. I’ve got more Brexit meetings on Wednesday, and a meeting with the Chief Executive of the new Office for Students, Nicola Dandridge, alongside other members of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Students, primarily to discuss student mental health. 

I’ll be heading back to Sheffield on Thursday where I’ve meetings with my staff team. Friday’s got a bit of a food theme; visiting the new South Street Kitchen on Park Hill at lunchtime and ending the evening breaking fast with a refugee constituent as part of my work with the Detention Forum. On Saturday I’ll have one of my regular advice surgeries, and then I’ll be joining the official opening of the Harry Harpham Community Centre in honour of my friend and former colleague, who died so soon after his election as the MP for Sheffield Brightside and Hillsborough.

The EU Withdrawal Bill, Home Office Questions, electoral reform, student mental health, immigration detention and honouring Harry Harpham – some of my week ahead

After months of the Government avoiding key votes on Brexit, we’re now expecting the EU Withdrawal Bill to return to the House of Commons next week, when we’ll be voting...

Science and tech businesses in Sheffield have raised the issue of the Tier 2 cap preventing them from accessing people with specific skills that they need to grow and create jobs. It’s an issue I’ve been working on with the Campaign for Science and Engineering (CaSE). To get a clearer picture of how the Tier 2 visa cap for non-EEA immigration is working, I tabled a question to the Home Office back in January, asking how many engineers and scientists had been refused such a visa since November 2017.

Rather than simply providing me with the data it held, the Home Office ducked and dived, evading my questions for months and wasting public money in the process. They were eventually forced to publish the information in response to an FOI by the CaSE, revealing that over 6,000 visa applications from scientists, IT specialists and doctors had been refused between December 2017 and March 2018.

The problems that businesses in Sheffield are facing are reflected across the country. These highly skilled workers are also highly mobile and have their pick of locations to work. This arbitrary cap means the UK is losing out. Brexit will make the problem worse. We need an open and informed debate about the future migration policy, which should rule out arbitrary caps.

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Arbitrary tier 2 cap means UK is losing out

Science and tech businesses in Sheffield have raised the issue of the Tier 2 cap preventing them from accessing people with specific skills that they need to grow and create...


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