After meeting Health Secretary Matt Hancock yesterday morning, I’ve written to the Chancellor Rishi Sunak today seeking financial support for Sheffield businesses – particularly in the hospitality, music and events sectors – that are being put at risk by anti-Covid measures. As virus rates rise, necessary health measures are making many businesses unviable and they need proper support to protect jobs.

As Shadow Minister for Brexit and EU Negotiations, I’ll also be following the latest developments after Boris Johnson’s latest deadline for agreement on his ‘over-ready deal’ passed without a deal following last week’s meeting of the European Council – with concern growing over his failure to deliver the agreement he promised.

On Tuesday I am hosting a meeting of the All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for Students to give MPs and Peers the opportunity to hear from further education students on the challenges they have faced as a result of the coronavirus crisis. This is follows a useful meeting with university students that we held two weeks ago.

The online Big Conversation events draw to a close this week, with a meeting for students at the University of Sheffield as well as two meetings open to everyone – all of which you can sign up for here. My survey is still open and can be completed here.

Also this week, I’ll be supporting a Runnymede Trust event for Black History month, catching up with Sheffield NHS Clinical Commissioning Group, discussing international student recruitment at the Universities APPG, meeting City Region Mayor Dan Jarvis on the Comprehensive Spending Review, and meeting with the leadership of the City Council.

Parliament is in recess next week so my next preview of the week ahead will be posted on Monday 2 November.

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