After a weekend campaigning for Labour’s great team of candidates for the European Parliament elections on 23rd May, I’m heading down to Westminster for what looks like a Brexit-lite week. Despite reports that the Prime Minister would bring her deal back for a further vote before the elections, nothing has been scheduled in what is a light week in terms of parliamentary business. Nonetheless, Labour’s talks with the Government continue and you can read my latest Brexit blog here.
Today, along with Brexit meetings, I’ll be in the Commons Chamber for Work and Pensions Questions. Tomorrow I will be attending a meeting of the All-Party Parliamentary Universities Group, of which I am Secretary, on Pathways to Higher and Further Education. Later, I will head along to the launch of the MillionPlus campaign, Think Modern on the contribution of modern universities have to make in addressing the challenges facing our economy.
I’ll also be in Westminster Hall for a debate on the Shared Prosperity Fund, where I’ll be challenging the Minister again to ensure the Government replaces the £605 million South Yorkshire would have been entitled to if we were members of the EU 2021-2027. Read more here. On Wednesday I’m meeting with the other Sheffield Labour MPs to talk about local issues we can work together on. Then I’ll be calling in at a commemoration celebrating Somaliland Independence Day, before heading off to Walthamstow to talk about Brexit and the European elections.
On Thursday morning I’ll be on the frontbench to question the Brexit Secretary at Oral Questions and meeting the Palestinian Foreign Minister before heading back up to Sheffield. On Friday I’m meeting South Yorkshire Police, the S2 Foodbank and the CEO of the Manor and Castle Development Trust. I’ll also be catching up with local councillors for our first meeting since the recent election. This weekend I’ll be out campaigning for the European elections.