Monday 15th June 2015 – Again my week ahead is dominated by the EU Referendum Bill, which was approved at Second Reading last week. Now it will get detailed consideration this week at Committee Stage which, because of its importance, will be open to all MPs. It’s an issue I feel strongly about, but as Parliamentary Private Secretary to the Shadow Foreign Secretary, my role is limited to supporting our team without being able to speak.
Also in Westminster this week I’m meeting constituents attending a lobby on climate change, attending an event on Motor Neurone Disease, chairing a meeting of the All-Party Group for Students which I set up in the last Parliament, and going to a meeting of the All-Party Group on Debt and Personal Finance, of which I was Secretary. I’m also meeting with the President of Sheffield College Students’ Union and speaking at a UCU rally on cuts to further education funding.
In my role as Chair of the All-Party Group on Migration in the last Parliament, I’m meeting Humza Yousaf MSP, the Minister for Europe and International Development in the Scottish Government. I also hope to get along to an event at the British Library, where the great local community enterprise ZEST are up for an award for their work on employment support.