I had been expecting to return to Westminster today, but the extension of coronavirus restrictions means that I’ll be continuing to participate virtually as MPs are being asked to limit physical attendance. This afternoon I’ll be speaking in an Opposition Day debate on protecting Britain’s steel industry from cheap imports after Government proposals to scrap safeguards inherited from our EU membership emerged.
Tomorrow I’ll be attending an All-Party Group on Immigration Law and Policy on the EU Settled Status Scheme, on which I have concerns over those who fail to apply by next week’s deadline. I’ll also be hosting a meeting with local leaseholders affected by the building safety scandal to look ahead to the Building Safety Bill, at which we’ll be joined by my colleague Clive Betts, who chairs the Housing, Communities and Local Government Select Committee which published a report calling for action on the issue.
On Wednesday I’ll be joining a meeting of the All-Party Parliamentary Group for International Students, of which I am Co-Chair, for a discussion on English language teaching in the UK after Covid-19. I’ll also be meeting with constituents as part of the travel industry lobby of Parliament on the impact of the Covid restrictions.
Later in the week, I’ve a meeting of the UK Trade and Business Commission, of which I’m a member, focussing on the difficulties for the cultural and creative sector since the UK’s departure from the European Union. I will also be joining other local MPs for a meeting with the Sheffield Property Association, Sheffield Chamber and Sheffield Culture Collective, and I’ll be catching up with former Hillsborough MP Helen Jackson for the launch of her book reflecting on her time in local politics.
At the weekend I’ll be campaigning again in Batley and Spen ahead of the by-election on 1st July.