Monday 9th November – Among today’s meetings is one that I’ve organised as Chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Students, discussing how we ensure good community relations in areas with lots of students – like much of my constituency. I’ll be on the Immigration Bill Committee for most of Tuesday scrutinising the Government’s proposed legislation line-by-line. This week I’ll be raising the issue of immigration detention, pressing the arguments I made as Vice-Chair of an inquiry into the issue, which called for an end to indefinite immigration detention – a recommendation backed recently by the House of Commons.
On Tuesday I’ll also be voting against the Trade Union Bill which is back in the Commons for the final time, before it moves to the Lords. When trade unions are strong workers are more likely to enjoy rising wages, safer workplaces and greater job security. But the Tories don’t want this, and their proposals will place excessive limits on the ability of trade unions to take action for the benefit of their members. To sign Labour’s petition opposing the Bill and to stand up for rights and freedom at work click here.
It’s a short week in Westminster, which gives me lots of time to catch up on casework and meetings back home in Sheffield. I’ve an all-day meeting with my staff team on Wednesday, reviewing everything that came out of the Big Conversation, to make sure that we follow up on all the issues raised in over 50 events involving 1,500 people. I’ve already raised a lot of the concerns that came up – for example challenging the Government on low pay last week - and I’m determined to bring the issues from the Big Conversation to Parliament and make sure the Government hears the voices of Sheffield people.
I’ve got a range of meetings around the constituency on Thursday and Friday, including at King Edward VII School, Holt House Infants School, the University of Sheffield and the new Well Church on Ecclesall Road – and on Thursday evening I’ve a Q&A with students at Sheffield Hallam University. On Saturday I’ll be knocking on doors around Highfield promoting voter registration, then attending the Women’s Health Festival at the Sharrow Community Forum on South View Road, before heading to Bramall Lane to watch the Blades hopefully pick up three points against Southend United. Then on Sunday, I’m heading over to Oldham to support Jim McMahon, Labour’s candidate in the by-election caused by the death of Michael Meacher.