Monday 14th September 2015 - All eyes are going to be on tonight’s meeting of the Parliamentary Labour Party, which Jeremy Corbyn will be addressing as our new leader, and I’ll be there. I didn’t support Jeremy in the election, but will be doing all I can to make sure that Labour succeeds under his leadership. But ordinary business continues and before that I’ve got meetings with the Campaign for Science and Engineering (CASE), Sheffield anti-trafficking charity City Hearts and the APPG on Migration, of which I am Chair. I’ll also be in the Commons Chamber to oppose the Trade Union Bill.
On Tuesday, I’ll be speaking against the Government’s unfair plans to cut tax credits for working people, highlighting the impact on local people. Earlier in the day, we’ve a meeting of the Business, Innovation and Skills Select Committee, of which I’m a member, where we will be planning our priorities for the year ahead. After that I have a meeting with Global Justice Now on trade agreements.
On Wednesday, Officers from Hallam University Students’ Union will be in Parliament to chat about the issues affecting their students. After that I’ll be at Prime Minister’s Questions when Labour’s new leader will get the chance to hold the Prime Minister to account for the first time in his new role. I’ll also be going to an event organised by The Energy People Trust and launching a photography exhibition with the Sheffield-based Sir Bernard Crick Centre about the value of ‘everyday politics’.
On Thursday I’m heading back home to Sheffield to meet with Sheffield Citizens Advice to discuss the impact of the new benefit Personal Independence Payment on constituents. Then on Friday, I’m meeting with the Chair and Chief Executive of the Sheffield Teaching Hospitals Trust and working with my Sheffield team on constituency casework.
Parliament’s in recess for the next three weeks for all the Party Conferences and I’m using the time to organise more than 50 events across the constituency as part of my Big Conversation, hearing about the issues people want me to take up in the year ahead – do join in (see all the details here.) Start the Week will be back on 12 October.