Brexit will dominate the week again, but depending on which reports you believe, with a Withdrawal Agreement reached and rapidly presented to Parliament or negotiations remaining stuck with no visible progress in sight. Either way, today I will be meeting with my Shadow Brexit team colleagues and later with our Shadow Health team to discuss the upcoming Healthcare (International Arrangements) Bill. I will also be meeting constituents at an event in Parliament hosted by City of Sanctuary, a movement which originated in Sheffield and now operates across the country.
Much of Tuesday will be taken up with interviews for a new Parliamentary Assistant to join my team in Westminster, but I will also drop into an event organised by the Motor Neurone Disease Association and Marie Curie to build support for the Access to Welfare (Terminal Illness Definition) Bill, which I am backing.
Also on Tuesday, I will be hosting the launch of Gambling with Lives, a great new charity established by my constituents who tragically lost their son as a result of suicide linked to gambling addiction. I was appalled by the Chancellor’s decision to delay the introduction of the £2 maximum stake on fixed odd betting terminals (FOBTs) in the recent Budget and raised it in my contribution to the Budget debate.
I will be hosting celebrations for International Students Day, as co-Chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on International Students, and on Wednesday I will be speaking at the fiftieth anniversary reception for the UK Council for International Students Affairs and meeting with representatives from Universities UK International.
On Wednesday I have a meeting of the Labour Campaign for Electoral Reform, which I chair, and am then meeting with my fellow Sheffield Labour MPs to discuss local issues. I’ll spend most of the afternoon in the chamber for the Healthcare Bill before attending a Council meeting of the All Party Parliamentary Universities Group of which I am Secretary.
I will head back up to Sheffield on Thursday and have a series of meetings in my constituency on Friday, including meeting the Chief Executive of Museums Sheffield, representatives from the Alzheimer’s Society and catching up with local councillors. Then on Saturday, I will be speaking at the AGM of local childhood obesity charity, Shine Health Academy.