Parliament resumes tomorrow, but I’m travelling down to Westminster today to prepare for a critical week after Boris Johnson’s decision to suspend Parliament to force through a ‘no deal’ Brexit (read my latest update here). I’ve meetings of our Shadow Brexit team; then Tuesday and Wednesday will be dominated by our efforts, working across parties, to block Johnson and give Parliament control of the key decisions facing our country.
The first business on Tuesday though will be Foreign Office Questions and I’ll be asking about Kashmir, following up on my letter to Dominic Raab pressing for action after India’s revocation of the territory’s special status. I’ll then stay in the Commons Chamber for the expected statement from Johnson on the G7 Summit, but I’ve a chance to put him on the spot on Wednesday as I’ve been selected for Prime Minister’s Questions.
As well as everything else on Brexit, DExEU Oral Questions fall on Thursday, so I’ll be on the front bench challenging Johnson’s Brexit Ministers on their plans.
It’s even more difficult than usual to plan my week, with uncertainty on Brexit votes and a reported but unscheduled statement from the Chancellor on the Government’s Spending Review. But if I can, I’ll join the launch of the ‘Transport Across the North’ All-Party Parliamentary Group, drop into an event kicking off the Low Carbon Humber campaign, join colleagues from the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Kashmir to meet with the High Commissioner of Pakistan, and speak in a debate on the Shared Prosperity Fund.
Back home on Friday, I’ll be previewing my Big Conversation ‘In the Hot Seat’ on BBC Radio Sheffield with Toby Foster (phone with a question to 0800 111 4949, email firstname.lastname@example.org or text 81333 starting message with ‘Sheffield’) and catching up with the Vice-Chancellor of Sheffield Hallam University. On Saturday I’ll be speaking with Melissa Benn at an open event to discuss Labour’s plans for a National Education Service (find out more and register to join us here).