There’s just eleven days until we leave the EU and this week we’re debating the Withdrawal Agreement Bill again. I led for Labour opposing the Bill as it went through the Commons a couple of weeks ago (read more here), before its consideration in the Lords. It comes back to the Commons on Wednesday, hopefully amended to reinsert clauses on the protection of child refugees and other issues raised by Labour peers.
Before that I’ll be attending the launch of a UCU report launch on the casualisation of university staff, as part of an ongoing campaign that I’ve supported previously. I’ll also be signing the Book of Commitment in advance of Holocaust Memorial Day next week.
On Tuesday I’ll be joining a debate about the inquiry into the Grenfell Tower fire and the lessons for high-rise housing, attending a meeting to re-establish the All Party Parliamentary Group on Kashmir, participating in an All Party Parliamentary Group on Migration discussion on immigration and self-employment and, in the evening, looking for a TV to watch the Blades take on Manchester City.
I hope to get along to an All-Party Parliamentary Climate Change Group on sustainability priorities for this Parliament on Wednesday, depending on the timing of the debate on the Withdrawal Agreement Bill and, in the evening, I’ll be joining an event to welcome the new MPs from our sister party in Northern Ireland, the Social Democratic and Labour Party (SDLP).
After a meeting about reconstituting the All Party Parliamentary Group for Students I’ll travel back to Sheffield on Thursday for the monthly meeting of the local Labour Party that evening and I’ve no meetings on Friday as I’m attending a family funeral out of Sheffield.