Parliament was scheduled to go into recess on Tuesday, for the Easter break, but finished a few days early after passing the emergency coronavirus legislation last Wednesday. So I’ll be continuing to deal with the huge amount of casework generated by the crisis.
After catching up with the morning emails, I’ll be having a team ‘meeting’ each day with all my staff to discuss our priorities. We’re getting used to the ‘new normal’ world of zoom meetings and, on Monday, we’ve a new member of staff joining the team with an online induction.
One of the issues on which I’ve been working is getting Sheffielders home from all over the world (read more here) and, after reports yesterday, I’m looking out for a statement from the Foreign Secretary today.
I’ve a number of ‘virtual meetings’ planned this week – catching up with other members of Labour’s front bench, talking with Council Officers on co-ordinating the community response to the crisis and on homelessness, and reviewing developments with the Director of Public Health. On Saturday, with the planned conference cancelled, I’ll be listening to the result of Labour’s leadership contest on which I set out my views here.
Current plans are for Parliament to return on 21st April and so (as usual) I’ll post my next ‘week ahead’ then, although I’ll keep in touch with my work over the next three weeks here.