I’ll be celebrating International Women’s Day differently today. Usually I organise a film showing in partnership with Unite and Hallam University Students’ Union to raise funds for women’s charities. This year we’ll be holding an online event this evening to support Ashiana, an organisation empowering and supporting people from black, Asian, minority ethnic and refugee backgrounds whose lives have been impacted by violence – sign up to the event here and donate here.
Before then I’ll be catching up with the President of Sheffield University Students’ Union on the issues facing students as many return to campus this week, on which I set out my views in the Daily Express last week following the budget. Later in the week I’ll be speaking at a conference on post-Covid academic experience organised by Hallam Students’ Union and meeting the Vice-Chancellor of Cambridge University as Chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Students.
Tomorrow I’ll be questioning the Chancellor as the debate on the budget continues (see more on my recent speech here) and meeting with the Joint Council for the Welfare of Immigrants. On Wednesday I hope to be contributing to a Westminster Hall debate to press the Government again on cladding and building safety (catch up with my latest work on the issue here).
Also this week I’ll also be speaking at a conference on ‘Improving Outcomes for Young Carers’, catching up with Focus for Labour Exploitation, meeting local climate activists at St. Mark’s Church, talking to constituents as part of the Make Votes Matter ‘Equal Votes Lobby’ for proportional representation, and participating in the Royal Society Pairing Scheme, which links research scientists with Parliamentarians to gain insight into each other’s work.