This is the column that shouldn’t have been. This was to be a recess week, in which Parliament doesn’t sit and I catch up with things in Sheffield, but because of the Tory Brexit chaos the recess has been cancelled. Despite trying to give the impression of urgency, the Government haven’t tabled much actual Parliamentary business; just a few Statutory Instruments preparing for Brexit.
So I’m heading down to Westminster as normal, but for an odd week. Today I will be catching up with colleagues on last week’s Brexit votes and discussing our next steps – you can keep up with my Brexit views and news here. I’ll also be seeking to raise concerns about the detention and deportation of Zimbabwean nationals.
On Tuesday I’ll be back in Sheffield to speak at a conference on ‘Perspectives on Higher Education’ at Hallam Students’ Union discussing student finance, the attainment gap and mental health, as well as Brexit and international students.
I’ll also be taking up the issue of international students back in London on Wednesday, when I meet with colleagues from the All-Party Group on International Students, which I co-chair, to talk about the opportunities that the Immigration Bill offers to change the Government’s approach. I will also be voting on the various Statutory Instruments relating to Brexit.
I’ll be back up to Sheffield on Thursday, where I’ll meet with Council Leader Julie Dore to discuss the draft Sheffield Local Plan, which guides the future development of the city and particularly in relation to housing.
On Friday morning I’ll be attending a commemorative flypast over Endcliffe Park, marking the 75th Anniversary of the fatal crash of the B17 Flying Fortress Mi Amigo. As well as catching up with my team, I’ll be meeting with the police to discuss their work with local hospitals, with trustees of King Edwards Swimming Pool and I’ll be holding one of my regular advice surgeries; more information including booking can be found here.
On Saturday I’ll be speaking at a meeting on Brexit, before going out door-knocking and talking with constituents in Broomhill and Sharrow Vale, and on Sunday I’ll be meeting constituents at a street stall in Nether Edge.