As the crucial talks on our future relationship with the EU reach the final days, the issue will continue to dominate my time this week as Shadow Brexit Minister. The outcome will have a far-reaching impact and my meetings include one with representatives of the Falkland Islands Government to discuss their concerns.
I’ll be speaking for Labour today on one of the many Statutory Instruments currently being considered in Parliament to prepare for our departure from the EU transition period. I’ll also be meeting with Sheffield Young Carers about the impact of Covid-19 on their lives, ahead of Carers Rights Day on Thursday, and listening to the Prime Minister’s Statement on measures after the end of the current lockdown.
Wednesday is White Ribbon Day and I’ll be backing the launch of a campaign, on which I’ve been working with Know the Line, to challenge sexual harassment at work. The Chancellor will be addressing Parliament on his Spending Review and I’ll be watching out for dome of the threatened cuts and attacks on public sector pay. I’m also joining the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Obesity for a discussion on the future of obesity services, an issue on which I’ve worked locally with Shine Health Academy.
Also this week I’ll be catching up with constituents affected by the national cladding scandal, which I’ve been taking up since the Grenfell disaster (more here), meeting with the President of the National Union of Students in my role as Chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Students and joining the All-Party Parliamentary Groups on Refugees and Migration to discuss the future of the UK’s refugee resettlement programme.
Later in the week, along with other Sheffield MPs, I’ll be joining one of our regular meetings with Sheffield NHS Clinical Commissioning Group on local coronavirus measures as we prepare to move from national lockdown into new tiered restrictions, and plan for the Christmas break including the preparations for our universities – on which I met the Universities Minister last Friday.