With 46 days to go, this week is again dominated by Brexit. I’ll be in the Commons for the Prime Minister’s statement on Wednesday, which will be followed by a debate and votes on Thursday. Labour will try to stop her kicking the can down the road, by forcing a meaningful vote for Parliament within two weeks. Read more in my most recent Brexit update.
Today starts with a meeting with Sheffield Hallam University Students’ Union Officers and we’ve lots to talk about with the challenges facing higher education, which I’ll be considering later in the week at the launch of a report by the UPP Foundation on The Civic University. I welcome lots of groups from our constituency each year and arrange for individuals to visit too; if you are interested in visiting, my next annual constituency tour is on Monday 1st April – more information here.
As Shadow Brexit Minister with responsibility for immigration and with my longstanding interest in immigration matters, I will be serving on the Bill Committee for the Immigration and Social Security Coordination (EU Withdrawal) Bill which is meeting on Tuesdays and Thursdays for the next three weeks. Labour opposed the Bill at Second Reading and will be seeking to amend it in Committee. This week we’re hearing evidence before detailed scrutiny begins next Tuesday.
In advance of the Bill Committee, I’m meeting with the 3 Million to discuss the Bill, as well as meeting other officers from the All-Party Parliamentary Group on International Students, which I chair. Tomorrow I’ll be meeting with Dan Jarvis, Sheffield City Region Mayor to discuss my demand that the Government makes good the money lost to South Yorkshire by leaving the EU.
The personal highlight of my week will be leading a Parliamentary debate on Support for Young Carers. After taking Sheffield Young Carers to meet the Prime Minister last year, I’ll be setting out their concerns and suggestions for how they could be better supported. If I can, I will try to join some of the remaining stages of the Mental Capacity Amendment Bill, having spoken in the second reading and written to the Health Secretary with my concerns.
I will also be attending the Parliamentary launch of Labour Friends of Yemen and, back in Sheffield on Friday, will be joining the local Yemeni community to present the £6,457 raised from my Christmas appeal to Save the Children – thanks to everyone who contributed.
I will be joining the South Yorkshire African Caribbean Business Centre for the launch of their new All Round Enterprise programme, meeting with Sheffield Futures to discuss their work, and catching up with local councillors. On Saturday I’ll be knocking on doors to talk with constituents before heading down to Bramall Lane, hoping we can bounce back from Friday night’s disappointment at Villa Park.