After several weeks of escalating pledges of tax cuts to big companies and the wealthiest earners, the Tory leadership race is over. On Tuesday the result will be announced, on Wednesday the winner will become Prime Minister and on Thursday Parliament breaks for the August recess. Most Conservative MPs know that Boris Johnson is untrustworthy and incompetent, but recommended him to a Party membership that was willing to split up the UK and damage our economy to secure a hard Brexit by 31st October – and are therefore expected to have elected him.
Today, after our weekly Shadow Brexit team meeting, I’ll be in the Commons Chamber for Housing, Communities and Local Government Oral Questions where I’ll be trying to question the Government on funding for adult social care, and then staying for the expected statement from the Foreign Secretary on the Iran crisis. Later I’ll be joining the parliamentary launch of Labour for a Green New Deal and, in the evening, attending an event about Brexit and Irish Citizens organised by the Labour Party Irish Society.
Tomorrow, I’ve been selected for Health Oral Questions and, if called, will be pressing on mental health services, which was raised a lot in last year’s Big Conversation. I’ll also be meeting with Yachad, which organises Jewish support for a peace between Israel and Palestine based on a two-state solution. Wednesday brings Theresa May’s last Prime Minister’s Questions and I’ll be joining a debate on pension credit, dropping in to an event on inflammatory skin conditions and catching up with ITV to discuss their approach to regional news.
On Thursday I’ll be in the Commons for the first Business Statement of the new administration and hopefully joining a debate on the Mental Health Act, before heading back to Sheffield for the monthly meeting of Labour members in my constituency. On Friday, I’ll be attending a roundtable meeting organised by The Star about support for young people with special educational needs and catching up with my team on local issues and continuing preparation for my 2019 Big Conversation.
Parliament’s in recess from Friday. I’ll be using the next month to catch up on meetings and visits in Sheffield, as well as taking a couple of weeks break – and watching Premiership football at Bramall Lane. I will resume My Week Ahead posts on Tues 3rd Sept, when the Commons returns.