After two weeks with a relatively blank diary to accommodate jury service, things are back into full swing this week. I’m meeting with ActionAid to discuss their recommendations for reforms to the global tax system and proposals for a UK ‘Tax Dodging Bill’. Later on, I’m serving on a European Committee to consider a report of the High Representative on Foreign Affairs and Security. In the evening I’ll be at a GMB event for retiring General Secretary, Paul Kenny, and his successor, Tim Roache.
Tuesday starts with the Business Innovation and Skills (BIS) Committee where we’re starting our new inquiry on Exports and the role of UKTI, after which I’ll be in the Chamber for BIS Questions, seeking to press my concerns on the closure of BIS’s Sheffield office, with the transfer of over 200 jobs to London, something I spoke out on last week. Later I’ll be meeting researchers from the Department of Landscape at the University of Sheffield on their work about Business Improvement Districts, before launching a report on Migrants in the Media produced by the Centre for Trust, Peace and Social Relations at Coventry University.
On Wednesday I’m meeting Ministers on a couple of issues I’ve been pushing in Parliament. First I’m talking to DWP Minister, Justin Tomlinson, about the timetable for implementing the concession that I secured from the Government with my colleague Neil Coyle on Personal Independence Payments for terminally ill claimants. Then I’m seeing Health Minister Alistair Burt, on my concerns about GP funding in Sheffield, following my campaign to protect practices serving patients with greater needs. I’ll also be in the Chamber for a Ten Minute Rule Bill on Voter Registration, which I’m sponsoring.
I’ve also a few meetings of the Shadow Foreign Office team, and an event with Citizens’ Advice, before heading back to Sheffield on Thursday. On Friday, I’m meeting constituents on a range of issue, and seeing Councillors on economic regeneration as well as the review of school places, before visiting Exchange Place Studios in Castlegate. On Saturday, I’ll be knocking on doors meeting constituents and heading on to Bramall Lane to see the Blades take on Wigan. Finally, on Sunday, I’m joining the Sheffield Chinese Association for a celebration of the Chinese New Year.