My week is inevitably dominated again by coronavirus and the Brexit talks. I’ll be looking to see how today’s statement from the Prime Minister affects Sheffield, whether it marks a break with the confused and contradictory messaging that’s characterised the Government’s handling of the crisis to date, if it provides the evidence to explain the measures he proposes and, crucially, if it offers the support for businesses and jobs affected for which I’ve argued (read more here).
As Shadow Minister for Brexit and EU Negotiations, I’ll also be watching the talks that are continuing this week on our future relationship ahead of the meeting of the European Council on Thursday and Friday which Boris Johnson set as the latest deadline to sign off his “oven ready deal” – having sailed past the earlier ones of July and September without agreement. I’ll also be meeting representatives of the automotive, pharmaceutical, aerospace, chemical and food sectors to discuss their concerns.
I’ve two more online events as part of my community consultation, the Big Conversation – do sign up here to share your views with me. Also this week, I’ll be joining an online vigil organised by Medact Sheffield to protest against the hostile environment created by immigration policies, joining a meeting on universities and China, catching up with the Council on their latest plans for the city’s clean air zone – and watching United’s key game with Fulham.