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The EU Withdrawal Bill, Home Office Questions, electoral reform, student mental health, immigration detention and honouring Harry Harpham – some of my week ahead

After months of the Government avoiding key votes on Brexit, we’re now expecting the EU Withdrawal Bill to return to the House of Commons next week, when we’ll be voting on the fifteen issues put forward from the House of Lords. So, for much of this week I’ll be preparing for the debates to come in which I’ll be leading for Labour’s frontbench in my role as a Shadow Brexit Minister.

But there’s lots else going on as well. I’ll be in the Chamber today for a statement from International Trade Secretary Liam Fox about President Trump’s decision to impose tariffs on steel imports and to support colleagues in seeking an emergency debate on abortion in Northern Ireland. Before that, I’ve been drawn for Home Office Questions, providing my first opportunity to question the new Home Secretary Sajid Javid; attending an All Party Parliamentary Group on Loneliness event about how we can tackle loneliness amongst refugees and asylum seekers; and chairing a meeting of the Labour Campaign for Electoral Reform.

Tomorrow I’m joining the launch of a new report into the charity workforce in post-Brexit Britain, as well as go to a Shadow Brexit team meeting. I’ve got more Brexit meetings on Wednesday, and a meeting with the Chief Executive of the new Office for Students, Nicola Dandridge, alongside other members of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Students, primarily to discuss student mental health. 

I’ll be heading back to Sheffield on Thursday where I’ve meetings with my staff team. Friday’s got a bit of a food theme; visiting the new South Street Kitchen on Park Hill at lunchtime and ending the evening breaking fast with a refugee constituent as part of my work with the Detention Forum. On Saturday I’ll have one of my regular advice surgeries, and then I’ll be joining the official opening of the Harry Harpham Community Centre in honour of my friend and former colleague, who died so soon after his election as the MP for Sheffield Brightside and Hillsborough.

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