I started today by joining campaigners at Sheffield Station, as part of Labour’s country-wide Rail Campaign Day to promote our plans of putting passengers before profits, before catching the 8.26 to London where I’ve a trustees meeting of the charity FLEX (Focus on Labour Exploitation), a meeting of our Shadow Brexit team, and joining an event to Show Racism the Red Card. I’ll also be in the Commons Chamber for the debate on expansion at Heathrow.
Tomorrow I’ll be at Foreign and Commonwealth Office Questions where I hope to ask the Government to keep pressure on the Israeli Government to stop the proposed demolition of the Bedouin village Khan al Ahmar in the West Bank, which I visited in November. I’ll also be joining a Westminster Hall debate on the humanitarian situation in Gaza. In the evening I’ll be at a meeting of Yorkshire and Humber MPs and then going to an All Party Group on Universities event on the post-18 Education and Funding Review.
On Wednesday, I’ll be speaking in the Second Reading of the Offensive Weapons Bill, to raise some detailed points raised with me by local manufacturers over aspects of the legislation. Then I’ll be back in Sheffield on Thursday for the annual meeting of my Sheffield Central Constituency Labour Party.
On Friday I’ll be catching up with my Sheffield team, and then have meetings with the Police and Crime Commissioner, the Chief Constable of South Yorkshire Police and the Chief Superintendent in charge of Sheffield to discuss local policing. In the evening, I’m speaking at a meeting in Chesterfield on Brexit, which I’ll be doing again on Saturday at an event organised by Sheffield Hallam Labour Party.