It’s another week in which the Tory Party leadership continues to paralyse the Government, but there’s still lots happening. My week starts with a Shadow Brexit Team meeting, as Parliament continues to prepare to block a ‘no deal’ Brexit – on which there may be a vote tomorrow.
This afternoon I’ll be attending the AGM of the All-Party Parliamentary University Group, at which I’m standing again for Secretary as I have over the last nine years since my election. I’ll also be replying to all the many people who have written supportively following my speech on assisted dying last week, for which I’m really grateful.
On Tuesday I’ll be taking part in a debate about immigration detention for survivors of trafficking and modern slavery; issues on which I’ve campaigned a lot (see more here). I have been selected for a question at Cabinet Office Oral Questions on Wednesday, where I’ll (again) be challenging the Government on their response to the climate emergency, pressing them on having a cross-Government approach.
Also this week, I’ll be catching up with ITV to talk about their approach to regional news; meeting with a Sheffield company at a British Print Industries Federation event in Parliament; joining Commonwealth Scholars at an event to celebrate the 60th Anniversary of the scheme; visiting an Alzheimer’s Society event about dementia care; and meeting with Migrant Voice to discuss the post-study work visa situation for international students.
I’ll head back to Sheffield on Thursday and then on Friday I’m speaking at Freeman College’s leaving ceremony, before spending the rest of the day interviewing prospective candidates for a vacancy in my local team. On Saturday morning I’m holding one of my regular advice surgeries – more information here.