After 60 hours of discussion in 40 events over 3 weeks, my annual Big Conversation finished on Saturday and I’m heading back to Westminster as Parliament’s back tomorrow after the conference recess. I’m really grateful to everyone who joined in to share their concerns and priorities. What I’ve heard will shape my work in Parliament in the next year, and I’ll be publishing a report on the issues raised within the next month. There’s still time to contribute online; do take a couple of minutes to complete my survey here.
Before catching the train today, I’m meeting with the Vice-Chancellor of Sheffield Hallam University, Chris Husbands, to talk about many of the issues facing higher education over the year ahead. Tomorrow I’ll be in the Commons for an expected statement from the Prime Minister on the Brexit negotiations, catching up with my staff in Westminster (if you know anyone interested in joining my team there’s an opening!) and meeting with my Shadow Brexit team colleagues.
On Wednesday, I’ll be chairing an All Party Parliamentary Group on International Students meeting with the Chair of the Migration Advisory Committee to discuss their recent report into international students (which I wrote about last month) in the morning, and speaking in a Westminster Hall debate about asylum accommodation contracts in the afternoon.
On Thursday I’ve been drawn for a Transport Question where I’ll be raising the issue of the East Midlands Trains timetable for the Sheffield to London service, which constituents have expressed concerns to me about. I’ll also be attending an event to mark Baby Loss Awareness Week to hear about the importance of good bereavement care after the devastating experience of losing a baby.
I’ll be back in Sheffield for Friday where I’ll be meeting with the Chief Executive of Museums Sheffield, a personal injury lawyer to discuss concerns around the Civil Liability Bill, the Managing Director of Sheffield robotics company Bossa Nova, and the local Chief Superintendent to discuss policing issues following issues raised in the Big Conversation. I’ll also be visiting the De Hood Boxing Centre. On Saturday I’ve one of my regular advice surgeries and then I’ll be talking to the UK Young People Convention about my work as an MP.