Paul Blomfield MP

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Brexit, debt, Yemen, devolution and Prime Minister’s Questions – some of my week ahead

As my colleague Keir Starmer set out yesterday, this morning Jeremy Corbyn will be making a major speech on Labour’s developing policy on Brexit, particularly in relation to the Customs Union, and I’ll be in the Commons later when I’m sure it will be discussed as part of a debate on the work of the Department for Exiting the EU.

After a lean spell, this week I’ve struck lucky in ballots to question Ministers! I haven’t been drawn for Prime Ministers Questions since Theresa May took over, but this Wednesday I’ve got the first question at PMQs – do tune in at midday! On top of that I’ve been selected for International Development Questions immediately before PMQs and Treasury Questions tomorrow – when I’ll be pressing on the humanitarian crisis in Yemen and household debt respectively.

On debt, I’ll also be going to an event in Parliament about the Breathing Space scheme which I’ve been backing. It gives indebted families the opportunity to get advice and sort out a repayment plan with a ‘breathing space’ offering legal protection from mounting interest, charges and enforcement action. I’ll be joining Christian Solidarity Worldwide’s launch of a report Faith and the Future on discrimination against religious minorities; meeting with Communities and Local Government Secretary Sajid Javid on Yorkshire devolution; hosting an event for the Labour Campaign for Electoral Reform; and meeting about the Israeli-Palestinian peace process.

I’ll be back in Sheffield on Thursday evening and on Friday I’ll have meetings with South Yorkshire Police, the manufacturing organisation EEF, and the Alzheimer’s Society. On Saturday I’ll be visiting St Swithun’s Church in Manor, knocking on doors in Walkley to hear people’s concerns and going to the Lane to see if the Blades take on Burton Albion. On Sunday I’ll be out again door-knocking, this time in Hillsborough.

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