The Spring Budget on Wednesday will be the centrepiece of the week in Parliament, with the Chancellor announcing the Government’s plans for the economy. It’s an opportunity for him to address the mounting crises in health and social care, schools, the police and other services – but I’m not holding my breath. As I argued recently in the Star, these problems are not inevitable, but the result of the wrong political choices.
After Wednesday’s Budget, I’ll be heading up to Sheffield for an International Women’s Day screening of award-winning film Belle to raise money for Ashiana and Sheffield Rape Crisis that I’m hosting with Sheffield University Union Women’s Committee and Unite the Union. If you’re not able to come, you can still donate to these great local charities here.
Then I’ll be heading back to London for Exiting the European Union Questions and further meetings on Thursday. Throughout the rest of the week in Westminster, I’m meeting with the South Yorkshire Fire Brigades Union, going to an All Party Parliamentary Group on Universities event, and I’ll be supporting colleagues in a Westminster Hall debate on the sale of the student loan book. On Friday I’ll be talking about Brexit in Nottingham and then on Saturday I’ve one of my regular advice surgeries for constituents, following which I’ll be out knocking on doors and hearing constituents views on the state of the economy.