As with so many recently, this week will be dominated by Brexit after the Prime Minister’s deal was rejected for a third time on Friday, despite her promise to the Tory Party that she would step down if it was passed and making it a vote on the Withdrawal Agreement alone, and not the Political Declaration. We will have votes later today in the second stage of the process set down by the Letwin amendment on indicative votes to try to find a majority for a way forward. You can read my views on this week here.
Today, I’ll be meeting constituents who’ve come to Westminster on my annual constituency visit. After they have finished a guided tour of Parliament and watched some of the debate in the House of Commons, I will join them for a question and answer session. I receive many individuals and groups for visits and tours throughout the years, so do get in touch if you would like to visit.
Before this evening’s votes, I hope to call into a reception with the Chinese Ambassador, organised by the All-Party Parliamentary China Group. Tomorrow I’ll be taking part in a debate on Further Education funding to make the case for Sheffield Colleges, asking the Foreign Secretary about international progress to tackle climate change, and calling into a debate on Votes at 16, which I have long supported.
As if there isn’t enough focus on Brexit, I’ll be on the front bench on Thursday as our Shadow team challenges Ministers in Brexit Oral Questions. Later in the day, unless Brexit business prevents this as last week, I will head back to Sheffield. On Friday, I’ll be catching up with my team, and meeting with the Council and CCG to discuss Special Educational Needs and Disability provision. Over the weekend I’ll be out knocking on doors and meeting constituents.