I’m travelling down to Westminster this morning shocked and saddened by the sudden death on Friday of my friend and colleague Jack Dromey, who I worked with on many issues since our election in 2010 and who will be missed across Parliament.
I’ll be in the Commons Chamber this afternoon for the expected Ministerial Statement from Michael Gove on resolving the building safety crisis. It appears that his proposals fall well short of what is needed and I’ll continue to press for the Government to fix all safety faults and then recover the costs from developers and others responsible.
Coronavirus obviously continues to dominate the agenda and I’ll be meeting with Health Ministers on the latest Covid-19 measures as we monitor the impact of the omicron variant. I’ve also been in touch with all local headteachers on the action needed to minimise disruption in schools and protect our children and young people’s education.
I’ll be joining the debate tomorrow on the crisis in energy costs, which demands targeted support to protect those on the lowest incomes who will be hit hardest. On Wednesday I’ll be meeting with the Minister for the Afghan Citizens Resettlement Scheme following the Government announcement last week, which fails to live up to Boris Johnson’s promises as Kabul fell last summer.
Locally I’ll be meeting with the University of Sheffield regarding the Turing Scheme, which is the Government’s post-Brexit replacement for the Erasmus programme, joining other local MPs at a briefing with South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service, and catching up with local councillors.