This is clearly set to be a crunch Brexit week, taking a lot of my time as a Shadow Brexit Minister. Tomorrow, Theresa May will bring her deal back for a second ‘meaningful vote’, with only minor changes (if any) since it was voted down in January. If it’s rejected again, we will be deciding whether to leave the EU without a deal on Wednesday and on whether to extend Article 50 on Thursday. Read more in my latest Brexit update here.
The Brexit votes are not the only big event of the week though, because the Chancellor will be setting out revisions to his Budget tax and spending plans in the Spring Statement on Wednesday, and I’ll be in the Commons Chamber to hear what he has to say.
Before all of that, I’ll be in the Chamber this afternoon to challenge the Education Secretary on mental health provision in schools, which was raised in the Big Conversation. Tomorrow, before the Brexit debate starts, I’ll be in a Westminster Hall debate on fire safety in tower blocks to raise concerns of residents of the Metis Tower in the city centre over recladding.
In between the Chancellor’s Spring Statement and the expected ‘no deal’ debate on Wednesday, I’ll be seeing postgraduates from Sheffield who are exhibiting their research in Parliament at the STEM for Britain event, and meeting with the GMB Regional Executive Committee who are down in Westminster. After the last Brexit vote of the week, if it comes, on Thursday, I’ll be travelling back to Sheffield.
On Friday, I’m discussing the upcoming Environment Bill with constituents and meeting with Stagecoach to discuss bus services – drop me an email if you’ve any comments you would like me to raise. I’m also meeting Citizens Advice to discuss the Universal Credit rollout, following up on our discussions in the Big Conversation and catching up with local councillors.
On Saturday I’ll be campaigning in North East Derbyshire, before catching the Blades game against Leeds on TV and, in the evening, heading to the Crucible to see Richard Hawley’s new musical ‘Standing at the Sky’s Edge’.