Two issues dominate this week, starting with Brexit; I’ll be speaking as Shadow Brexit Minister in a Westminster Hall debate on a petition asking for Article 50 to be rescinded if Vote Leave broke electoral laws during the referendum, and I’ll be in the Commons Chamber for a general debate on the withdrawal agreement. On Tuesday I’m meeting with representatives of the 3 Million, which represents EU citizens in the UK, and on Wednesday I’m meeting with TheCityUK to discuss financial services.
I’ll be commenting on the Migration Advisory Committee (MAC) report on the economic and social impact of international students when it’s published tomorrow. I’ve been campaigning for seven years on the issue and hope the MAC report will help the case for policy change. I’ll also be in oral evidence sessions for the inquiry by the All Party Parliamentary Group on International Students, which I co-chair, on a sustainable future for international students. Then I’m hosting the Higher Education Policy Institute to outline the results of their report (which I launched in January) on the economic benefits of international students. Finally on Thursday I’m joining the launch of the Higher Education Commission’s report Staying Ahead: Are International Students Going Down Under?
This week I’ve been drawn in the ‘shuffle’ to ask questions on three occasions, starting with Treasury Ministers, who I’ll be pressing on the falling value of wages, on Tuesday. On Wednesday, I’ve been drawn for Cabinet Office Questions and then I’ve a Prime Minister’s Question! I’ll be pressing an issue that’s been raised with me by constituents, so there’s a lot to choose from! Do tune in on Wednesday after 12.15 if you want to find out.
Also this week, I’ll be at the launch of the Resettlement, Asylum and Migration Policy project; joining a Westminster Hall debate on fracking; attending one of the regular meetings of the Labour Campaign for Electoral Reform, which I chair; and meeting constituents at a pub sector event.
I’ll be back in Sheffield on Friday where I’ll be meeting with the Sheffield Health and Social Care Trust to discuss mental health, and with Councillors to talk about special educational needs. In the evening I’m launching my Big Conversation with a ‘Pint with Paul’ (Facebook link) at the Gardeners Rest in Neepsend! There’s lots more Big Conversation events over the weekend; with street surgeries in Walkley and Manor Park, followed by a public meeting in Broomhall (Facebook link) on Saturday; and then on Sunday I’ll be joining the Madina Masjid Open Day and holding an open public meeting in Broomhill (Facebook link) in the evening.
My Big Conversation is running until 6th October, while Parliament is in recess for the Party Conferences. It’s all about constituents making their voice heard. I hope that as many people as possible can make the open meetings, café drop-ins and street surgeries across the constituency (see the map and full list of events online) and fill in my survey, which is available online.