I’ll start today by learning more about British Sign Language and how society can be more inclusive for people with complex disabilities, then I’ll be meeting with colleagues from across parties to talk about citizens’ rights post-Brexit, and attending an event with manufacturers from across the north of England, organised by Make UK.
Tomorrow I’ll be meeting with GuildHE to talk about challenges facing the university sector; raising a point in a debate on tax avoidance made by a constituent in the Big Conversation; speaking in a debate on post-16 education funding; hosting an event for international students to share their experiences studying in the UK with Parliamentarians; and if I can squeeze it in, attending an event about the UN Global Compact on Migration and Refugees organised by the All-Party Parliamentary Groups on Migration and Refugees.
On Wednesday, my focus is on a couple of events with Gambling with Lives, a campaigning group against gambling addiction which was founded by two constituents who tragically lost their son to it. We’ll be delivering a petition to Downing Street, at the end of a 100-mile walk which visits 6 football clubs sponsored by gambling companies, followed by a Parliamentary meeting which I’m hosting. In the evening, I’ll be at a meeting of the Labour Campaign on Electoral Reform.
On Thursday, we’re expecting a statement from the Government on their negotiating objectives for our future relationship with the EU, for which I’ll be on our front bench as a Shadow Brexit Minister. Then I’ll be heading back to Sheffield, for the monthly meeting of my local Labour Party in the evening.
On Friday I’ll be attending a Sheffield City Region roundtable meeting to discuss the action we need to take locally to tackle the climate emergency, before a meeting bringing together members of my teams from Westminster and Sheffield. On Saturday, I’m joining Mums United’s ‘Walk for Peace’, joining people in Sharrow, who are coming together in opposition to violent crime.