Parliament returns today after a short Easter break with Brexit discussions between the Government and Labour continuing and, with the risk of an imminent ‘no deal’ departure removed by the extension of Article 50, preparations for the European Parliament elections are underway. As a Shadow Brexit Minister, I’ll have a number of meetings on the issue and you can read my views on the current situation in my latest Brexit update post.
The protests on Parliament Square and around London over the last week have highlighted the climate change emergency, and this afternoon I will be joining an event organised by the All-Party Parliamentary Climate Change Group with Greta Thunberg, the Swedish school student who started the international youth strikes demanding action. I will also be going to an event outlining how hydrogen technology could help reduce our use of carbon-based fuels while creating thousands of good jobs.
I’ll also be in the Commons to challenge the Justice Secretary on trends in the number of people able to access early legal advice for welfare benefits cases, joining a debate on proportional representation and attending an event on ‘Universities in a Global Britain’ organised by the All-Party Parliamentary Universities Group of which I’m the Secretary.
On Thursday I’ll be heading back to Sheffield, going out knocking on doors and meeting constituents in the evening. On Friday, I’m speaking at an International Workers Memorial Day event, discussing their budget situation with the City Council, hearing about a University of Sheffield project on reducing single-use plastic waste and holding one of my regular advice surgeries, details of which can be found here.
On Saturday and Sunday, I’ll be out door-knocking and meeting constituents again, and heading down to Bramall Lane for the last home game of the season – where a win should clinch promotion to the Premiership following great results over the Easter weekend!