My week starts with a meeting of the charity Focus on Labour Exploitation, of which I’m a trustee, followed by our weekly Shadow Brexit team meeting. This afternoon I’ll be in Westminster Hall to speak in support of proportional representation at a debate that has been triggered by an e-petition calling for electoral reform reaching over a 100,000 signatures – to which I’m pleased that Sheffield Central contributed the fourth highest number of signatures of any constituency!
Tomorrow starts with a breakfast meeting with BBC Yorkshire and Humber, and then I’ll be at the first meeting of the Public Bill Committee for the Nuclear Safeguards Bill. This is the first of the Brexit-related Bills to be considered by Parliament and at this opening session, we’ll be listening to evidence. In the evening I’ll be going to a meeting of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Universities discussing the financial sustainability of the university sector - then heading to Loftus Road to catch the Blades take on QPR.
On Wednesday I’ll be talking with representatives of the Chinese Embassy, following my recent meeting with the Ambassador in Sheffield. In the afternoon we’ve an Opposition Day debate on Brexit, after a week in which Brexit Secretary David Davis told a Select Committee that Parliament might not be able to vote on the Brexit deal until after we’ve left the EU and Theresa May appointed a new Brexit Minister who wants to scrap workers’ rights. Later I’ll be going to a parliamentary event organised by Medical Aid for Palestinians, of which I’m a supporter.
On Thursday I’ll be in the Commons Chamber for Brexit questions, where we’ll be challenging David Davis and his Ministers, then I’ll have another committee meeting on the Nuclear Safeguards Bill, at which we’ll start scrutinising the legislation line by line. Unusually I’m staying in Parliament for most of Friday, partly to cover any frontbench business for our Shadow Brexit team, but also to back the Private Member’s Bill calling for votes at 16 – you can read more about my support for votes at 16 and electoral reform here.
I’ll be heading back to Sheffield on Friday afternoon for a meeting with the Sheffield Clinical Commissioning Group on their consultation on urgent treatment services. On Saturday I’ll be out knocking on doors in Sharrow and then heading to Bramall Lane to watch Sheffield United taking on Hull City. On Sunday I’ll be marking Bonfire Night at the ‘Illuminate the Gardens’ event in the Botanical Gardens.