I’m looking forward to welcoming leaseholders caught up in the cladding and building safety scandal to Parliament for the #LeasholdersTogether rally on Thursday (see more about my work on the issue here). You can find out more about the rally here, and do email me if you are a Sheffield Central constituent travelling to London to take part. On the same issue, tomorrow I’m meeting residents from Mandale House, one of many local buildings impacted by the scandal.
Earlier on Thursday I’ll be joining fellow commissioners on the UK Trade and Business Commission to consider the state of EU-UK diplomatic relations. Our witnesses include João Vale De Almeida, Ambassador of the European Union to the United Kingdom, Nathalie Loiseau MEP, Former French Minister for European Affairs and Lord Peter Ricketts, a former Permanent Secretary at the Foreign Office.
My week starts today with a meeting with Sheffield’s Director of Public Health on gambling addiction, which I’ll follow tomorrow with a meeting of the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Gambling Related Harm on its treatment in Scotland to better understand best practice approaches across the UK, and on Tuesday I’m joining campaigners from the Coalition Against Gambling Ads (who I met last week) to deliver a petition to No.10.
Also on Tuesday I’ll be joining Labour colleagues in opposing the Health and Social Care Levy Bill, on which I challenged Boris Johnson in Parliament last week (watch our exchange and read my views here).
Tonight I’m participating in South Yorkshire Climate Alliance consultation on building local action, tomorrow I hope to join the launch of the Green Alliance Net Zero report as well as meeting with the Yorkshire and Humber Climate Commission, where we will hear from the CEO of Yorkshire Water among others, and on Friday I’m meeting Sheffield Council leaders to talk about their review of Clean Air Zone plans.
I’ll also be celebrating a great local initiative putting sustainability at the heart of local policies on Saturday, when I’ll be joining the launch of the Phase 2 of the City Council’s great ‘Grey to Green’ project, transforming the Castlegate and Exchange Street area in a way which links environmental objectives with attracting new investment and additional city centre living.