As the long-running Tory Party leadership battle starts formally, with promises of tax cuts for higher earners and undeliverable Brexit plans, I’m focussing on real issues. This week is Carers’ Week, which I’ll be supporting as an Ambassador for Sheffield Carers Centre and Patron of Sheffield Young Carers. I’m bringing Young Carers’ groups from around the country together in Parliament on Wednesday to discuss common concerns and meet MPs, following a debate I led in February Then on Friday I’m meeting with the Sheffield Parent Carer Forum to hear more about their ‘State of Sheffield’ report.
Today I’ll be meeting representatives from Unite Students, as Chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Students, and then I’ll be in the Commons Chamber to pursue concerns over Zimbabwean asylum seekers at Home Office Questions. On Tuesday I’m meeting with War on Want, joining a meeting on student well-being, and participating in a roundtable on the EU citizens Settlement Scheme and Looked-After Children in my role as a Shadow Brexit Minister.
On Wednesday I’ll be in the Commons Chamber to press the Women and Equalities Minister about their hate-crime strategy, an issue which was raised in my Big Conversation. I’ll also be joining a meeting about onshore wind energy, attending an event on further education organised by the Association of Colleges, and welcoming constituents visiting Parliament for a tour – I often organise tours and visits for constituents, so if you’re interested just get in touch.
I’m heading back to Sheffield on Thursday to meet with Councillor Abtisam Mohamed, the Cabinet member responsible for education, to discuss the schools funding campaign which I’ve been backing. On Friday, as well as the Parent Carer Forum, I’ll be meeting constituents and catching up with my team, and then on Sunday I’ll be meeting more constituents at a street stall in Nether Edge.