The negotiations between the Government and Labour are continuing, and preparations for the European elections will pick up pace following last week’s local elections. You can read more in my latest Brexit blog here.
This is a light week in terms of Parliamentary business, with the Government scheduling time for only one piece of legislation: the Wild Animals in Circuses Bill, despite the raft of other important laws that MPs could and should be debating, like the Domestic Abuse Bill and the latest Immigration Bill.
I’m sorry that I can’t be in Sheffield today, celebrating the Blades promotion to the Premiership, but I’m looking forward to the season ahead at Bramall Lane. Instead, I’ll be in the Chamber hoping to question the Health Secretary on mental health provision for students, which was raised with me in my Big Conversation. I have also been drawn for a question to the Prime Minister tomorrow which is a rare occurrence.
Outside of the Chamber, I will be dropping into an event with firefighters from the South Yorkshire branch of the Fire Brigades Union to talk about cuts to fire cover in our region, catching up with NUS in my capacity as Chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Students, joining a meeting on the consumer credit market as Secretary of the APPG on Debt and Personal Finance and chairing a meeting of the Labour Campaign for Electoral Reform.
Tomorrow, I’m attending a meeting of the Leasehold Knowledge Partnership about cladding and fire safety in tower blocks, an issue I’m working on with residents from Metis Tower and which I’ve raised in the House.
I’m heading back up to Sheffield on Thursday and Friday where I’ll be catching up with my team, meeting with the Chair of the Regional Community Committee for HSBC, joining other South Yorkshire MPs in a meeting with our Police and Crime Commissioner and, together with other Sheffield MPs, I’ll be meeting with the Sheffield NHS Clinical Commissioning Group.
On Saturday and Sunday, I’ll be out meeting constituents and campaigning with Labour candidates for the elections to the European Parliament, as well as joining the Sheffield ME and Fibromyalgia Group in Barkers Pool for their #MillionsMissing event.