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Parliament’s in recess for the Party Conferences and my Big Conversation’s in full swing. Today I’ve got two café drop-ins, in Manor Park and on Abbeydale Road, followed by an open meeting this evening in Walkley Library. A full list of public events is available here on Facebook or here on my website, but here’s those for this week:

Join me at the Citrus Cafe in the Zest Centre - Tuesday 19th September, 11am – 12 noon - Zest Centre, 18 Upperthorpe, S6 3NA (On Facebook)

Big Conversation for Young People - Tuesday 19th September, 5pm – 6:30pm - Star House, 43 Division Street, S1 4GE (On Facebook)

Big Conversation on Health & Well Being - Wednesday 20th September, 12 noon – 1pm - The Stables, Sharrow Lane, S11 8AE (On Facebook)

Big Conversation on Renting - Wednesday 20th September, 18:00–19:30 - Union St, 18-20 Union Street, S1 2JP (On Facebook)

Come along to Gerry’s Bakery & Coffee House - Friday 22nd September, 11am – 12 noon - 299 South Rd, S6 3TA (On Facebook)

Alongside the public events, I’ve got a lot of others for specific groups. This week, for example, I’m joining parents at Wybourn Primary School, talking with older students at Park Academy, and meeting volunteers and those they support at the City of Sanctuary drop-in. I’ll also be talking to Labour members at our regular monthly meeting on Thursday evening.

On Friday I’m catching up with local Councillors and have one of my regular advice ‘surgeries’ for constituents. On Saturday I’m heading down to Brighton for Labour Party Conference, where on Sunday I’ll be speaking a meeting on science and Brexit – and finding time to watch the first United/Wednesday derby for five years on TV.

 

The Big Conversation, Labour Party Conference (and the derby) – my week ahead

Parliament’s in recess for the Party Conferences and my Big Conversation’s in full swing. Today I’ve got two café drop-ins, in Manor Park and on Abbeydale Road, followed by an...

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In a debate in the House of Commons today on the recent £250 rise in tuition fees, I called for a complete overhaul of the unfair and unsustainable student finance system which is saddling graduates with tens of thousands of pounds of debt.

I also argued that the Government should immediately reintroduce maintenance grants for students from lower income homes, reverse retrospective changes to the repayment threshold which forced graduates to repay more than planned, and reintroduce bursaries for nursing, midwifery and allied health courses after changes this year led to a 22% drop in applications at Sheffield Hallam University.

You can watch my speech here and read it here

My speech on broken student funding system

In a debate in the House of Commons today on the recent £250 rise in tuition fees, I called for a complete overhaul of the unfair and unsustainable student finance...

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Brexit dominates my week as the Commons continues to debate the Second Reading of the European Union (Withdrawal) Bill today (watch my interview with CNN about the Bill here), with votes coming at midnight.  Tomorrow I’ll be responding for Labour’s front bench, in a Westminster Hall debate about negotiations on the future rights of UK nationals in the EU. 

On Wednesday I’ll be speaking in a Commons debate on tuition fees, in which I’ll be talking about some of the injustices of the current system (watch my July speech on the outrageous 6.1% student loan interest rate here).

But my work in Parliament isn’t just about debates. Tomorrow I’ll be attending the latest meeting of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Students (of which I’m Chair) for a discussion on the General Election and student voice; and talking to the Director of the Campaign for Science and Engineering. Then on Wednesday I’ll be sitting down with the Director of Universities UK International (UUKi) to discuss international students and going to a meeting about the Taylor Review of Modern Working Practices.

I’ll be heading back to Sheffield later in the week for more Big Conversation events. Friday starts with my Big Conversation breakfast with small businesses, and is then followed by my drop-in session at Park Library Café and finishes with my pub drop-in event at the Gardeners Rest. On Saturday I’ve a street surgery in Wybourn and then, on Sunday, a public meeting in Broomhill which will be signed for the deaf community by a registered interpreter.

For a full list of public events click here – do take a look and come to an event that interests you.

Brexit, tuition fees, science and engineering, and the Big Conversation – some of my week ahead

Brexit dominates my week as the Commons continues to debate the Second Reading of the European Union (Withdrawal) Bill today (watch my interview with CNN about the Bill here), with...


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