There’s always some unpredictability about the week ahead in Parliament, but this week there’s more than usual and it’s obviously the coronavirus crisis that’s creating the uncertainty. My weekend plans for door knocking and street stalls to meet constituents were cancelled and many public events at Westminster are being called off.
Today, after meeting with colleagues on the Shadow Brexit team, I’ll be in the Chamber for the latest update from the Health Secretary on coronavirus and later I’ll be speaking in the debate on last week’s Budget, highlighting issues raised with me by constituents in the Big Conversation and in response to the current crisis.
If all does go to plan for the rest of the week, I’ll be meeting with colleagues on protecting citizens’ rights after Brexit, catching up with the other Sheffield MPs, hearing from Al Gore about the dangers of species which are at risk of extinction, and taking part in a debate on tackling childhood obesity.
On Thursday, I’ll be in Sheffield for the funeral of former Sheffield Councillor Howard Knight and on Friday I’ll be catching up with my team, discussing services for young people with Sheffield Futures, catching up with South Yorkshire Police, meeting Council Officers on their work supporting rough sleepers, joining a briefing on coronavirus from the Director of Public Health, and holding one of my regular advice surgeries.
On Saturday, I’ll be joining the Citizens Assembly on climate change, which has been established by six Parliamentary Select Committees to involve a cross-section of the public in building agreement on the action needed to tackle the climate emergency.