Parliament would normally be in recess this week for Conservative Party Conference and so I have 15 events planned as part of my Big Conversation, but last week’s devastating Supreme Court judgement (on which I shared my views here) means the Commons is now meeting. The Big Conversation is an important chance for me to hear from constituents so, with most Conservative MPs in Manchester, I’m pressing ahead – but with an eye on Westminster in case I need to make the two-hour dash for any key debates.
If I need to postpone any Big Conversation events, I’ll post a details on my website Twitter and Facebook. Otherwise everything will be happening as planned. I’ve had some great contributions at meetings so far and lots of responses to my survey. If you haven’t had the chance to complete it yet, please do so here; it only takes a couple of minutes but gives me vital information on constituents’ views.
Full details of the Big Conversation public events are here. This evening I’ve an Open Meeting at Walkley Library; tomorrow, I’m meeting carers in the morning, at Sheffield Carers Centre, knocking on doors in Broomhall in the afternoon, and at an Open Meeting for City Centre residents with Changing Sheff in the evening. On Wednesday evening I’ve a Safer Neighbourhoods meeting in Broomhall, with Police and Crime Commissioner Alan Billings.
On Thursday is a drop-in session at a Pop-in Police Station in Manor, a lunchtime café drop-in at Zest in Upperthorpe, an afternoon meeting on Mental Health at the Wellbeing Centre in Sharrow, and an Open Meeting at the Nether Edge Bowling Club. To round off the week on Friday are two drop-in sessions: at lunchtime at the Park Library Café in Wybourn, and early evening at the Gardener’s Rest in Neepsend.
As well as these public meetings, I’ll be visiting the Chinese Community Centre, meeting parents at the Sheffield Children Centre to talk about support for children with special educational needs, calling in to an open session at Door 43, and hearing the concerns of advice workers at Sheffield Citizens Advice.