Today I’m hoping to speak in the latest stages of the Fire Safety Bill, which is in ping-pong between the Commons and the Lords as we battle to protect leaseholders from huge and unfair remediation costs for correcting fire safety defects for which they’re not responsible – and I’ll be supporting the Lords’ amendment tabled by the Bishop of St Albans. Tomorrow I’ve organised a meeting with local leaseholders and Council leaders to discuss the issues.
Earlier today, I’m meeting with other MPs to discuss cuts to research and development funding ahead of the Advanced Research and Innovation Bill’s second reading and meeting. I’m also joining a meeting with German MEP David McAllister, who is Chair of the Foreign Affairs Committee in the European Parliament, on the impact of the Brexit deal and opportunities for future collaboration between the UK and EU, and how difficulties may be addressed in the short term.
On Wednesday, I’ve got my chance to quiz the Prime Minister at PMQs and I’ll be meeting with MPs to discuss support for the Night Time Economy, considering the continuing gaps in Covid-19 financial support and campaigning to help those excluded. On Thursday, I’ll be raising my raising the case of my constituent Helen Mort, who I’m working with to criminalise deep fake porn, in a debate on online abuse.
I’m also joining a meeting with cross-party MPs on gambling-related harms, to consider the latest work of Oxford University researchers on the issue. In other meetings, I’m catching up with the Sheffield Teaching Hospitals Trust and with local councillors, as well as my monthly catch up with local labour members.
After debating the renewal of the temporary provisions of the Coronavirus Act 2020, Parliament will be rising for the Easter recess. I’ll be working and my office will be open throughout this break, but I’ll not post another preview of the week until Parliament returns in week commencing 12 April.