I’m heading down to London with the UK now outside the European Union but knowing that Brexit is far from done, as the Government enter the second stage of the negotiations – covering trade, security, and so many aspects of our future relationship. We still need to hold the Government accountable although the Department for Exiting the EU has been closed and this afternoon I’ve a meeting of our Shadow Brexit team.
Tomorrow, I’ll be speaking in a debate about decarbonising transport, meeting with a constituent who is visiting Parliament for an Apprenticeships Showcase event, attending the inaugural meeting of the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Votes at 16 (a campaign I’ve long supported), and chairing the AGM of the Labour Campaign for Electoral Reform. I’m also hoping to meet with members of the Sheffield ‘Best Bar None’ Team, who are in Parliament for an awards event.
This week I’ll also be meeting with the Carers Trust to discuss the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Young Carers, which I’m establishing along some other MPs, meeting the Royal College of Midwives to discuss financial support for student midwives (which I’ve raised before), attending an event to mark World Cancer Day and another on access to medicinal cannabis, which is also something I’ve raised. I’ll also be joining a celebration to mark 150 years of the United Synagogue (which includes the Kingfield Synagogue in Nether Edge) and an event on plans for the Park Hill Art Space.
On Thursday, I’ll be heading back to Sheffield after a meeting with a Norwegian trade union delegation, and on Friday, as well as catching up with my team, I’ll be visiting Mercia School and meeting Sheffield NHS Clinical Commissioning Group. On Saturday I’ll be meeting some of the hundreds of new Labour members in the constituency at an event I’ve organised and on Sunday I’ll be at Bramall Lane to see if the Blades can build on last week’s success at Crystal Palace.