My week ahead is always subject to change, but never more so than this week. Last Thursday the Government announced this week’s business and appear to remain committed to suspending Parliament from Monday night, but it’s not certain.
Today, the Bill blocking ‘no deal’, on which I led for Labour’s front bench at Committee Stage (read here), will become law and the Government look to bring a motion to seek an immediate general election which will fail. We want a general election, but not one which allows Boris Johnson to frustrate Parliament’s success last week in blocking a ‘no deal’ exit (read my article in last Wednesday’s Star on the case against ‘no deal’ here).
But other things are happening too. My day starts with a trustee meeting of Focus on Labour Exploitation followed by a Shadow Brexit Team meeting. As a supporter of assisted dying, I’ll be attending a meeting of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Choice at the End of Life, and later I’ll be chairing a meeting of the Labour Campaign for Electoral Reform.
After today my week is uncertain. If Parliament is prorogued this evening, much will be cancelled, and some of the events I was planning to attend have now been cancelled in anticipation. I’ll still be meeting the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Arts London in my role as Secretary of the All-Party University Group, and if they still take place, joining a roundtable to discuss the impact of Brexit on the rights of disabled people and speaking in a debate on the Rohingya refugee crisis.
Back in Sheffield from Thursday – if not sooner – I’ll be catching up with the Teaching Hospitals Trust and meeting with constituents in the city centre to discuss anti-social behaviour. On Saturday I’ll be holding one of my regular advice surgery (more here), holding a ‘street surgery’ in Commonside, meeting with the Sheffield United Community Foundation before watching the Blades take on Southampton and joining a celebration for a Zimbabwean asylum seeker whose case I took up with the Immigration Minister.
The Walkley ‘street surgery’ is the first of a number of events as part of my Big Conversation over the next three weeks. On Sunday I’ve a street surgery in the city centre, a drop-in as part of the open day at the Medina Masjid on Wolseley Road, and an open meeting in Sharrow Vale. I hope you’ll get involved and have your say, and you can find more details here.