After last week’s shocking and tragic events, Parliament is back as normal today. As soon as I arrive this morning, I’ll be heading to Westminster Hall to sign the book of condolences for PC Keith Palmer and the other victims of the appalling events of last Wednesday.
This afternoon I’ll be in the Commons for DWP Questions, in which I’ve been selected to challenge Ministers on the impact of changes to Personal Independence Payments on people with disabilities. Later I’ll be meeting the Red Cross to discuss Can’t Stay, Can’t Go, a report on asylum seekers who have been refused permission to remain in the UK but cannot leave. In the evening I’ll be chairing a meeting of the Labour Campaign for Electoral Reform.
During the rest of the week, I’ll be at a meeting of the All-Party Group for Students, of which I’m Chair, at which we’ll be discussing the collapse in part-time and mature student numbers; I’ll be meeting PCS members from Sheffield to talk about the closure of the Eastern Avenue Jobcentre, which I’ve been opposing; I’ll be meeting the Chief Executive of the National Union of Students (NUS); and, if time permits, I’ll be in the Commons for the debate on the situation in Yemen.
On Wednesday I’ll be in the Commons for Theresa May’s statement on the triggering of Article 50 and then on Thursday for the Government’s announcement on the so-called Great Repeal Bill, consolidating EU law into British law in advance of Brexit, before heading back to Sheffield.
On Friday, I’ve meetings with the Director of Public Health, the Dean of Sheffield Cathedral, Women in Engineering and the author of the recent Sheffield City Region Vision. In the evening I’m dropping in on the ‘Art from the Heart’ event at the Burton Street Foundation before going on to talk about Brexit at Heeley Constituency Labour Party.
Over the weekend I’ll be heading over to Manchester to campaign in the Gorton by-election and watching the Blades (hopefully) secure three points in the match with Coventry.