My week starts with a meeting of our Shadow Brexit team, followed by a statement from the Prime Minister in the Commons, as the Government’s chaotic handling of negotiations with the EU hit a new crisis. I’ll be in the Commons Chamber later this afternoon for consideration of the Offensive Weapons Bill. I’ve called for co-ordinated action to tackle knife crime, but we have to get the law right. I am concerned about proposals to stop all knife manufacturers from delivering knives to homes and have tabled an amendment seeking a trusted traders scheme to protect local companies.
On Tuesday I’ll be meeting with the Refugee Council and other MPs to discuss the campaign against indefinite immigration detention, and on Wednesday I’ll be going to an All Party Parliamentary Group on Refugees event about the issue. I’ll be back in the Chamber on Wednesday for opposition day debates on universal credit and social care funding where I’ll be pressing the concerns I heard during my recent Big Conversation. I’ve also a meeting with a representative of JISC to discuss integrating student enrolment and voter registration.
I’ll be back in Sheffield on Thursday evening to introduce author and former MP Chris Mullin at an Off the Shelf Festival event where he’ll be talking about his autobiography. On Friday I’ll be meeting with councillors and other Sheffield MPs to discuss the high rate of exclusions in Sheffield schools, catching up with the University of Sheffield Student Union Officer Team, and having one of my regular meetings with local Councillors.
On Saturday I’ll be joining Church Action on Poverty’s 10th annual pilgrimage, which is focussing on food poverty in Manor, and on Sunday I’ll be speaking at the World Week Parade in the Peace Gardens to celebrate the contribution of international students to the city.