Parliament’s summer recess ends today, along with the hybrid proceedings which had allowed MPs to participate remotely since late last year to limit risks of Covid transmission. So, I’m back in Westminster and will be looking for opportunities to press Ministers on their continued mishandling of the coronavirus crisis and their disastrous approach to the Afghan evacuation.
Tomorrow I’ll be opposing the Elections Bill which has been widely condemned for undermining the independent Electoral Commission and rigging elections in favour of the Tories. I’m also hoping to contribute to a debate on Global Britain, human rights and climate change, and on Wednesday I’m also planning to raise human abuses in Tigray and press Ministers on actions they are taking to de-escalate the crisis.
As schools return, with everyone anticipating a significant increase in Covid infections, I’m looking forward to a briefing on Wednesday from the National Association of Head Teachers and the National Education Union on the challenges they face.
This week I’ll also be meeting with my colleague and Shadow DCMS Minister Alex Sobel MP to discuss the work I do with Gambling with Lives and joining the Coalition Against Gambling Advertising for an event promoting their call for an end to all gambling advertising in sport.