Syria will dominate Parliament’s first day back after the Easter recess and I’ll be in the Commons Chamber for the Prime Minister’s Statement on the weekend’s bombing in response to the suspected chemical attack in Douma a week ago -; backing the argument that Parliament should have been given a vote. Before that I’m opening a conference in Sheffield organised by Hallam Union entitled “A City United by Difference” encouraging students to discuss their role as citizens in building a cohesive community.
Tomorrow I’ll be challenging the Chancellor in Treasury Questions, going to a meeting with Make Votes Matter as a Chair of the Labour Campaign for Electoral Reform, attending an All Party Parliamentary Group on Migration event about managing migration post-Brexit, and going to an Equitable Members Action Group (EMAG) meeting for an update about the campaign for justice for victims of the Equitable Life pension scandal.
On Wednesday I’ll be speaking at an event on retaining the UK’s leading position in recruiting international students after Brexit and attending a Universities UK meeting about value for money in higher education. On Thursday I’ll be in Transport Questions, hoping to raise electrification of the Midland Mainline, and going to a briefing about Brexit and security, before heading back to Sheffield where I’m taking part in a ‘Think and Drink’ event about democracy organised by Sheffield University philosophy students in collaboration with the Hallamshire House.
On Friday I’m pleased to help launch City of Sanctuary’s new building The Sanctuary and I’ll be meeting with the Director of Public Health at Sheffield City Council to discuss tackling child obesity, an issue on which I’m working with a great Manor-based project, Shine Academy. Over the weekend I’ll be out knocking on doors and listening to constituents’ concerns.