Parliament returns tomorrow after the spring Bank Holiday recess, for the first time since the deeply disappointing European elections (which I wrote about here), so today I’m taking the opportunity to go Peterborough and join the campaigning for Thursday’s by-election.
It’s just days since the Prime Minister announced that she would be bringing her Withdrawal Agreement Bill to the House of Commons after the recess. Yet instead, at this critical moment in our history, we are returning to a zombie Government paralysed by Conservative Party infighting. The Trump state visit is another unwanted distraction this week; I set out my views in Parliament when he was last here and hope to find time to join tomorrow’s protest.
In Parliament though, I’ll be doing lots on further and higher education. The Augar Review on Post-18 Education was launched last week, and I’ll be in the Chamber to challenge the Government on my concerns about it during a Ministerial Statement tomorrow. I’m also meeting with the Million Plus to discuss international student visas and attending an event celebrating the Open University.
I will also be meeting with the Deputy French Ambassador to discuss the current situation with Brexit, as well as catching up with ITV Yorkshire and attending a debate on Universal Credit and debt, where I will again raise issues that constituents have raised with me.
I’ll be travelling back to Sheffield on Thursday afternoon for my monthly meeting with local Labour members, and on Friday I’ll be meeting with a representative of Right to Remain to discuss immigration detention, meeting with youth charity Element Society and catching up with my team. I have one of my regular advice surgeries on Saturday, which you can find more about here.