It will be no surprise that, as Shadow Brexit Minister, the debate around Brexit will dominate the first half of my week. Labour has been clear that Theresa May’s deal does not meet our six tests and we will be voting against it tomorrow when the five days of debate conclude. I closed the first day for the frontbench last Tuesday. You can read my speech here. On the morning after the votes, I’ll be joining the All-Party Parliamentary Motor Group to discuss the impact on our automotive industry.
Before the Brexit debate today, I’ll be meeting the new Minister responsible for gambling, Mims Davies MP, with my constituents who have set up the charity, Gambling with Lives, after the tragic death of their son as a result of a gambling addiction. We will be pressing the Minister for more action, after the Government was forced to U-turn on a delay in the reduction in the maximum stake on Fixed Odds Betting Terminals. After that, I will be questioning the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government on underfunding of adult social care, an issue that was raised in my Big Conversation. It is also World Human Rights Day, and I’ll be joining Labour colleagues to mark this.
Tomorrow, I’m going to the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Choice at the End of Life, of which I’m a member, to hear about assisted dying legislation in Canada, and I’ll be meeting a constituent as part of the People’s Lobby for Proportional Representation, which I support. On Wednesday I’m meeting with Save the Children, with whom I’ve launched a Christmas Appeal for the children of Yemen. You can donate here. Then I’ll be seeing the other Labour Sheffield MPs for our monthly catch up on local issues. In the afternoon I’ll be attending the British Council’s launch of their report on global educational institutions and influence, then heading to an event hosted by Mind to discuss Mental Health and Housing .
I’ll head back up to Sheffield on Thursday, where on Friday I’ll be meeting with Sheffield’s Electoral Registration Officer to discuss our work on student voter registration. I’ll also be meeting with the Police and Crime Commissioner to discuss the many concerns that I heard from constituents in the Big Conversation. Then on Friday evening I’ll be at Bramall Lane to see if the Blades can build on Saturday’s three points at Reading.