Monday 6th July 2015 – The main business of the week in Westminster is Wednesday’s Budget. I’ll be in the Chamber to hear if there are any announcements that haven’t already been leaked by the Government. Those that have say everything about their priorities -; like cutting tax credits for low paid workers alongside an inheritance tax giveaway for wealthy homeowners. I’ve been drawn for Health Questions on Tuesday, when I’ll be pressing Ministers over plans to cut funding to GP surgeries dealing with patients with extra health needs -; it affects two practices in my constituency and I’ve been campaigning on the issue for some time.
Also this week, I’ve organised the AGM of the All-Party Migration Group, which I chaired in the last Parliament and I’m leading a briefing for colleagues on student voter registration. Other meetings cover Trans-Pennine road and rail links, electoral reform (I’m Vice-Chair of the Labour Campaign for Electoral Reform), cancer research, Palestine, immigration detention, Post Office provision, and family migration rules. Together with South Yorkshire colleagues, I’m also meeting our Police and Crime Commissioner Alan Billings who is briefing us on issue facing the local police force.
Back in Sheffield from Friday, I’m meeting local members of Unite the Union and the ‘Sheffield Save Our NHS’ campaign over concerns about the privatisation of the NHS -; and meeting constituents on issues ranging from drug policy to the Sheffield Move More campaign. On Saturday, I’ve one of my regular open access surgeries for constituents -; see more details here.