Parliament’s back tomorrow after the Bank Holiday week recess with a controversy about how we conduct business. The Government is insisting that we drop the hybrid arrangements which enabled compliance with public health guidelines through most MPs participating remotely. With only 50 MPs allowed in the Chamber at any time, debate will remain limited and there are deep concerns over the absence of any safe system for voting.
I’ll be driving down to London tonight, to comply with advice to avoid public transport, and will be in the Commons tomorrow to oppose the Government’s irresponsible moves to end remote working. I’ll also be there later in the day to challenge legislation on Parliamentary boundaries that will reduce representation from urban constituencies with large numbers of unregistered voters.
On Wednesday I’ve been drawn for Prime Ministers’ Questions and, with the Government in chaos on their coronavirus strategy, it will be a tough choice deciding what to ask from all the concerns raised by constituents. I’ll be in the Commons again on Thursday, speaking for Labour in a debate on our future relationship with the EU.
Although in London for most of the week, I’ll be operating remotely from my flat and from home in Sheffield on Friday. Over the week I’ve meetings on the crucial UK/EU talks taking place this week, including with the Shadow Cabinet Office and International Trade teams. I’ve also various meetings with Sheffield Council Officers on social care, volunteer support, rough sleeping and street begging – and a catch-up with members of the Council’s Cabinet.