With only 31 days until the end of the Transition Period, my work as Labour’s Shadow Brexit Minister continues to focus on the final stages of the negotiations as we hold the Government to account for the promises they made in the last election on their ‘oven-ready’ deal with the EU.
I’m holding the first of a couple of meetings with headteachers from local schools on Tuesday to hear about the issues they are facing during the current phase of Covid-19. I’ve sought their views throughout the pandemic and this week we’ll also be discussing the Worth Less? campaign for fairer funding.
In Parliament, we’ll be voting on the new tier measures as the national lockdown lifts. I’m concerned that we should focus on the need to reduce transmission, while providing the support people and businesses need. So I’ll also be pressing the Chancellor and Treasury Ministers about what more they will do for those who are ineligible for Covid-19 financial support schemes, following issues raised by constituents and campaigns like ExcludedUK.
This week I’m also meeting with residents living in high-rise buildings across Sheffield who are affected by the national cladding scandal, which I’ve been taking up since the Grenfell disaster three and half years ago (more here).
On Wednesday morning I’ll be taking part in the virtual Palestine Lobby Day organised by the Palestine Solidarity Campaign. If you’d like to join, please do email me for details. I’ll also be meeting with local charity SHINE Health Academy on funding to tackle childhood obesity.