‘The i’ has reported this morning on my appeal for the Government to fulfil their promise on safe routes to refuge for those fleeing persecution in Afghanistan, and tomorrow I’ve been selected for Foreign Office Questions where I’ll be pressing Ministers on the humanitarian crisis in the country. This follows the Christmas Appeal I launched last week with Save the Children to support children facing a bitter winter there without food, aid or shelter (find out more and donate here).
After last week’s Big Conversation event with South Yorkshire Climate Alliance, the climate emergency is also playing a big part in my week. I’m speaking on a panel at the Grantham Centre Annual Symposium and I’ve been drawn to question Alok Sharma on Wednesday on the outcome of COP26.
I’ll be meeting with the President of Sheffield Hallam University Students’ Union, following a meeting with the President of Sheffield University SU last week, to discuss the return to campus and lessons to be learned as the pandemic enters a new phase, an issue on which I’ve launched an inquiry with the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Students (find out more here).
On Wednesday I’ll be joining a joint meeting of the All-Party Parliamentary Groups on football to hear from Tracey Crouch MP on her fan led review of football governance, the recommendations of which have been widely reported. Also this week I’m attending a briefing on the current situation in Palestine organised by Yachad, as well as the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Somaliland which will be focussed on current economic and development issues in the country.
I’ve another meeting of the UK Trade and Business Commission, on Thursday, focussing on regulatory approaches to pharmaceuticals, medicines and chemicals. On Friday I’ll be joining other local MPs in a meeting I’ve arranged with Citizens Advice, catching up with leaders of the City Council, and talking with the CEO of Sheffield Mind. At the weekend I’ll be taking the Big Conversation to Kelham Island, knocking doors and meeting constituents.