Parliament’s continuing to debate the Queen’s Speech this week and I’m intending to speak on the Government’s plans for the BBC and Higher Education today. I’m concerned that in both cases the Government is undermining successful public provision.
Sheffield’s BIS Office will again be a big feature of my week as we expect a decision on its future on Thursday. Last week I joined staff protesting against closure plans and today I’ll meet BIS Permanent Secretary Martin Donnelly to make the case for the Department to keep the 247 jobs in Sheffield.
On Tuesday, in my role as Parliamentary Private Secretary to Shadow Foreign Secretary Hilary Benn, I’ll be in the Commons for Foreign and Commonwealth Office questions and the debate around “Europe, human rights and keeping people safe at home and abroad”, which Hilary is opening - one of the themed debates on the Queen’s Speech, covering Government proposals including the British Bill of Rights and counter-extremism.
Earlier in the day, the Business, Innovation and Skills Select Committee, of which I’m a member, will hold an evidence session on the EU referendum, and later I’ll be at an All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Universities and APPG on Students meeting about students as consumers, a joint event between the APPG on Carers and the APPG on Motor Neurone Disease, of which I’m Vice-Chair, about how the Government can better support carers, and a meeting on the vision for the Sheffield City Region.
Also this week I’ve meetings with Universities Minister Jo Johnson, Unison, and the HS2 project team – to make the case for a station in the City Centre. Back in Sheffield on Friday I’ve meetings with Tramlines organisers, the Chinese Centre in Sheffield and charity Hft, holding one of my regular advice surgeries, and joining the opening of Grace Owen Nursery School in its new building at Park Hill. Over the weekend I’ll be campaigning for Britain to remain in the EU, and taking part in the opening ceremony for the Journey to Justice exhibition.