I’ll be starting the week by talking to Toby Foster on the Radio Sheffield Breakfast Show about the Big Conversation which starts at 10am on Friday with an event with the Federation of Small Businesses and MakeUK. Other events will happening later in September and through October. I’ll be publishing the full details here on Wednesday.
My week will be dominated by the UK’s future relationship with the EU again, after last week’s Government announcement of their plan to renege on their Brexit deal and break international law. The proposals are contained in the Internal Market Bill on which I’ll be leading for Labour with my colleagues Ed Miliband and Lucy Powell.
I’ll be in the Chamber today as Ed sets out our opposition to the Bill and tomorrow as Lucy speaks on the first day of detailed interrogation of the Bill at Committee Stage. I’ll be at the despatch box on Wednesday making the case for our amendments on economic development and protecting devolution (the big debate on the contravention of international law comes next week).
Away from Brexit and the Big Conversation, I’ll be meeting the new Chair of Sheffield Health and Social Care NHS Foundation Trust, as well as holding one of my regular meetings with the Director of Public Health and the City Council as Covid-19 numbers have continued to rise. On Saturday I’ll be delivering leaflets for the Big Conversation and on Sunday I’ll be joining Connected, the online replacement for Labour Party Conference this year.