Before heading to Westminster today, I’ve arranged to meet with the Council’s Cabinet Member for Housing and the Director of Housing, to discuss fire safety in high rise accommodation in the light of the appalling tragedy at Grenfell Tower in London. The Council have acted quickly to reassure tenants over fire safety and to explain that the external cladding in Sheffield has been designed, and used materials, to prevent fire spread. We’ll be discussing what more the Government can do on the issue.
On Tuesday I’ve a meeting of Labour’s Shadow Brexit team, in which I’m continuing as a Shadow Minister. The General Election did not give Theresa May a mandate for an extreme hard Brexit, and we’ll be opposing it every inch of the way as negotiations start today.
Wednesday sees the State Opening of Parliament, during which the Queen’s Speech will outline the Conservative’s programme for Government, after their negotiations with the DUP. Along with everyone else, I’ll be looking to see how much of the Conservative manifesto has survived those negotiations.
I’ll be heading back to Sheffield on Thursday to support Labour’s Jim Steinke in the Council by-election in Nether Edge and Sharrow. On Friday I’ll be speaking on why Sheffield is a great place to do business at the national Anglo-Polish Business Conference organised by the Federation of Small Businesses, and meeting with NHS Sheffield Clinical Commissioning Group, as well as holding one of my regular open advice surgeries.