As I head down to London this morning, it’s not wholly clear what will be happening in Parliament this week. After the Brexit debacle last week, we’re expecting another vote on Theresa May’s twice-defeated deal, but even that’s not certain (read more in my latest Brexit update here).
All that is scheduled for the House of Commons on Brexit are statutory instruments – secondary legislation prepared by the Government which aren’t full acts of parliament – relating to Brexit preparations and I’ll be leading for our front bench on one this afternoon.
Despite the Brexit paralysis, I’m pressing on other issues. Today I’ll be asking an oral question of the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, challenging the Government on the impact that the introduction of Universal Credit is having on disabled people.
School funding is a big part of my week. Tomorrow I’m hosting 14 headteachers, drawn from all Sheffield constituencies, who are visiting to discuss the schools funding crisis. I’ve arranged for them to meet the Schools Minister, the Shadow Schools Minister and other Sheffield MPs, as well as hand in a letter into Downing Street for the Prime Minister.
Also this week, I’m attending an All-Party Parliamentary Group on Palestine event on Gaza, hearing from the UN Humanitarian Coordinator, meeting with Sheffield journalism students who are visiting Parliament, and dropping into ‘ Day For Yemen’ to hear from a coalition of NGOs and from Yemenis affected by the conflict.
On Thursday I’m heading back to Sheffield to talk at Sheffield Hallam University about Brexit. On Friday morning I’ll be up early for the Sheffield Church Action on Poverty’s Civic Breakfast about homelessness, before catching up with my team and meeting with local charity Gambling with Lives, which I helped launch last year.
On Saturday I’m going back down to London for the day to join the ‘Put it to the People’ march, calling for a public vote to give a final say on May’s Brexit deal. Back in Sheffield on Sunday, I’ll be meeting constituents on a street stall in Nether Edge.