After a turbulent week in politics, which former Tory Minister Jo Johnson rightly described as the “biggest crisis since the Second World War”, my week starts with a meeting with my Shadow Brexit team colleagues. As Jeremy Corbyn confirmed last Thursday, the Brexit deal fails our six tests and we will be voting against it when it comes to Parliament sometime in December. Later this afternoon, I’ll be speaking for the team in a Westminster Hall debate on a public petition calling for Brexit to be stopped if no agreement can be reached.
Also today, I’m taking the Chief Executives of two great local Sheffield homelessness charities, Roundabout and the Cathedral Archer Project to meet the Cabinet Office Minister responsible for the cross departmental taskforce on homelessness, which was a significant issue raised in my Big Conversation. I will be pressing the Minister on what action is being taken across Government Departments to tackle it. Then, this evening, I’ll be chairing the AGM of the Labour Campaign for Electoral Reform.
On Tuesday, I am catching up with the National Union of Students before going into the Commons Chamber for the Finance Bill. There was set to be a debate on an amendment on fixed-odds betting terminals but, anticipating a heavy defeat, the Government backed down and will now implement the maximum stake of £2 in April 2019 as originally planned. I welcomed this but urged further action to address the devastating consequences of the normalisation of gambling amongst young men.
I am welcoming constituents for a tour of Parliament on Wednesday and then hope to speak in a Westminster Hall debate on investment in nursing degrees, something I’ve raised previously. That evening, I’m going to an event celebrating the centenary of women standing for election to Westminster. Then I’ll meet more constituents on Thursday when I give a tour to members of the Children in Care Council before heading back up to Sheffield for my monthly meeting with local Labour members.
I’ve an early start on Friday with a breakfast meeting in Barnsley for local manufacturers, organised by the Engineering Employers Federation, at which I’m speaking on the prospects for exports as Shadow Brexit Minister. Then it’s back to the constituency office for a meeting with the police inspector responsible for Manor and Wyburn to discuss some of the issues raised during my Big Conversation, and for a catch up with a local councillor. After that, I’ve one of my regular advice surgeries, which you can get more information about here.