Monday 13th July 2015 – Today I’m welcoming a group of 50 constituents to Westminster. They’ve joined one of my regular coach trips to Parliament -; which offers a guided tour of Westminster (including visits to the Chambers of the Commons and the Lords), a chance to watch a debate, a Q&A with me, and some free time. If you’re interested in a future trip, drop me a note.
On Tuesday I’ll be speaking in the debate on last week’s Budget, focussing on the plans to cut tax credits to low paid workers -; and earlier in the day I’ll be at a meeting on the impact of the proposals for welfare reform. I’ll also be in Foreign Office Questions, where I’m supporting Labour’s team as Parliamentary Private Secretary to Labour’s Shadow Foreign Secretary Hilary Benn -; and at meetings on the campaign for the UK to stay in the EU.
I’m hosting a Parliamentary event for the All-Party Group on Students, of which I’m Chair, bringing together student representatives with MPs, Peers and others from further and higher education – and chairing a meeting on student voter registration, on which the University of Sheffield is leading the way. On Wednesday, I’ve been drawn to ask the Prime Minister a question. Clearly, after last week’s budget, there’s a lot to go on. I’ll be in the Chamber to oppose the Government’s attempt to overturn the ban on fox-hunting too -; something many constituents have contacted me about.
Other meetings this week cover electoral reform, finance and personal debt, arts funding and an event organised by Water Aid to highlight the importance of clean water supplies. Back in Sheffield on Thursday evening I’ll be speaking at the launch of the Labour Assembly Against Austerity, and on Friday I’m meeting with the Chair of Voluntary Action Sheffield, the Practice Manager of Park Health Centre, the Chair of Sheffield Clinical Commissioning Group and the Chief Executive of Sheffield Health and Social Care Trust. On Saturday I’ll be meeting some of the 380 new Labour members in Sheffield Central at an informal event, which is also open to anyone else who’s interested in finding out more about the Labour Party – get in touch if you’d like details.