I’m heading down to Westminster this morning for the election of a new Speaker, following John Bercow’s decision to stand down after ten years in the role, and to close my Commons office tomorrow as Parliament is dissolved for the General Election on 12th December.
I understand the frustration with the current Parliament, but it has reflected the country which elected it – split down the middle on Brexit. That’s why I think that, after genuine attempts to resolve the crisis, the only way out of the impasse is a further referendum.
I’ll be back in Sheffield on Tuesday until the election and I cease to be an MP at midnight. My Sheffield office remains open to deal with urgent personal casework, but I’ll be out and about all over the constituency making my case for re-election (and can be contacted on 07930350449).
As well as campaigning throughout the week, I’ll be carrying on with some of the commitments arranged prior to last week’s decision to call the election, including a meeting on the funding of the Chinese Community Centre and a panel discussion on ‘The Role of Parliament in Tackling Climate Change’ organised by Hope for the Future.
On Sunday I’ll be joining the Annual Remembrance Day service in Barkers Pool – thinking of my mother and father who both served in the forces during WW2 – and speaking at Milad Un Nabi events at the Madina and Usmania mosques.
This weekly blog provides constituents with a way of holding me to account as your MP (my Big Conversation one which I’ve just published a report is another) so the next one will be published on 16th December when I hope, with your support, to be returning to Westminster to continue representing Sheffield Central in Parliament.