Today starts with a meeting of Shadow Brexit Ministers on how we hold the Government to account on phase two of the Brexit negotiations (you can read my response to last week’s Government statement here). This afternoon, I’m chairing a meeting of the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Students, which will be hearing from student views from around the country on the student financial support system. I’ll also be meeting with colleagues from across parties to talk about citizens’ rights post-Brexit and catching up with Lord Kerslake on proposals for the development of S1 Artspace in Park Hill.
Tomorrow I’ll be at Buckingham Palace with my wife Linda McAvan, as she receives an OBE for charitable and political services over her 21 years as a Member of the European Parliament for Yorkshire and the Humber. I’ll also be at a meeting to hear the preliminary findings of the British Election Study on the 2019 General Election.
On Wednesday I’ll be speaking in a debate to call for more support for people who have been granted refugee status; as the current limit of 28 days financial assistance after receiving their status does not give them the time to establish themselves. I’ll also be joining University of Sheffield graduates at an event celebrating the university’s work.
On Thursday I’ll be speaking at an AGCAS seminar about the work of universities in supporting the employability of international students, before running for a train to get back to speak at Sheffield Hallam University Student Union’s annual Higher Education conference on the implications of Brexit for students. I’ll be at Hallam in the evening too, for my 10th annual International Women’s Day film screening, of On the Basis of Sex, and raising money for the Snowdrop Project, a local charity supporting survivors of human trafficking.
On Friday, I’m meeting a local company to discuss international trade post-Brexit, visiting Barclays Eagle Lab to discuss business innovation and growth, catching up with the Council’s Drug and Alcohol Coordination Team on initiatives to help rough sleepers off the street, and meeting with Cllr Paul Wood on support for local community groups. On Saturday, I’m holding one of my regular advice surgeries (more information here), campaigning for the upcoming local elections and watching the Blades take on Norwich City.