This afternoon I’ll be at the Despatch Box (virtually) questioning Michael Gove during Cabinet Office Questions. Parliament’s into our third week of hybrid operation, with a handful of MPs present and most still being urged to stay away in line with public health guidelines, so I remain based in Sheffield. Although we’re participating from home, it’s operating fairly effectively and we’ve now successfully trialled a system for remote voting.
This week, I’m meeting with colleagues in the Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats, the political group in the European Parliament to which Labour was affiliated until our departure from the EU and, locally, I’ll be catching up with Councillors in Sheffield Central. I’ve also got meetings with the Shadow Cabinet Office and the Shadow International Trade teams, of which I’m a member as Shadow Minister for Brexit and Exiting the EU Team.
Thursday would have been local election day, but that’s obviously been postponed for a year and instead I’ll be meeting members of the Council Cabinet. On Friday I’ll be marking the 11am silence for VE Day and thinking about how my parents, who served in the RAF and the WAAF during the war, would have celebrated 75 years ago.