Monday 22nd June 2015 – I’m leading a Parliamentary debate this week on ‘Science and Research in the UK and Regional Economies‘, in which I’ll be pressing the new Universities Minister Jo Johnson on the important role of universities in driving economic growth and the need for investment in research. I’ll also be meeting local representatives of the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) at a national FSB event in Westminster, which will highlight the key role of small businesses – of which there are around 40,000 across South Yorkshire. 

In my view our economic success depends on our future membership of the European Union and I’ll be at the Westminster launch of the Labour Movement for Europe – while back in Sheffield on Saturday I’ll be speaking of the issue at the Walkley Festival. On Tuesday I’m chairing a meeting of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Migration at which we’re considering the refugee crisis in the Mediterranean. I’ll also be at a discussion organised by the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Universities, of which I’m Secretary, on the Government’s counter-terrorism legislation

Back in Sheffield from Thursday night, I’m hoping to get along to an event organised by Sheffield Futures, going to the monthly meeting of my Constituency Labour Party where we’re discussing policing with South Yorkshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner, catching up on issues in relation to the New Retail Quarter, meeting the new Officers of the University of Sheffield Students’ Union, having my monthly update with local Councillors, and holding one of my regular open advice surgeries for constituents. On Friday night, I’ll be at Walkley Festival for the showing of Ken Loach’s film ‘The Spirit of ’45‘ celebrating the momentous year that changed Britain – why not join me there?

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