As the competing candidates for the Tory leadership make ever more extreme pledges on hard Brexit to win votes from their membership, Parliament will again be seeking to prevent a ‘no deal’ departure. Tomorrow I’ll be supporting a cross-party move by Dominic Grieve and Margaret Beckett to stop Government expenditure if a ‘no deal’ Brexit is attempted without Parliamentary approval.
Today starts with a meeting of our Shadow Brexit team, then I’ll be in DWP oral questions to try and raise problems with Universal Credit and loan sharks. I’m also meeting with local secondary school pupils for a question and answer session as part of an educational parliamentary visit – I receive many groups and schools in Parliament, so do get in touch if you would like to arrange a visit.
Alongside tomorrow’s key Brexit debate, I’m meeting BT Openreach to discuss poor broadband provision in parts of our constituency and joining representatives from Sheffield at an event to celebrate council housing.
After meeting constituents at the ‘Time is Now’ lobby last week I’ll be pressing their concerns at Prime Minister’s Questions (again) on Wednesday and meeting with Scotia Gas Networks to learn more using hydrogen fuel as part of the gas network. I’ll also be meeting the Immigration Minister on deportations to Zimbabwe (more here).
Electoral reform is a bit of a theme this week with the launch of Make Votes Matter’s ‘Good System Agreement’, which sets out principles for a good electoral system, on Tuesday; a meeting of the Labour Campaign for Electoral Reform that I’ll be chairing on Wednesday; and a street stall for ‘Make Votes Matter’ on Saturday.
On Thursday, I’ll be speaking on a debate on assisted dying, drawing on my experience of my father’s death, about which I’ve written previously. Back in Sheffield on Friday, I’ll be speaking to Carterknowle School Council, meeting the University of Sheffield’s new student officers, and speaking at SARAG’s annual Action Mesothelioma Day event. On Saturday, as well as the Make Votes Matter action day, I’ll be meeting constituents and joining the fun at the Sharrow Festival.