As the Conservative Party continues to tear itself apart, all eyes will be on how Boris Johnson tries to wriggle out of the growing challenges to his failing leadership at PMQs on Wednesday, but there’s a lot more happening.
The Commons open today with Questions to Ministers from the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities – and I’ve been selected for questions, in which I hope to press on the private rented sector and further concerns on the recent government proposals on building safety.
The challenges facing businesses in international trade are a big part of my week; tomorrow I’m at a meeting with the British Chambers of Commerce on the issue, on Thursday I’ve another of with the UK Trade and Business Commission on ‘Protecting UK manufacturing in a global supply chain’ following our departure from the European Union, and on Friday I’m meeting a local steel company to discuss their post-Brexit problems.
Tuesday marks 1,000 days since the Government’s Augar Review on post-18 education funding was published and, with still no response from Ministers, I’m leading a discussion on this and other issues with Vice-Chancellors at a roundtable with Universities West Midlands in my capacity as Chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for Students, Co-Chair of the APPG for International Students and Secretary of the APPG for Universities.
Also this week I’ll be meeting with the Make Votes Matter Alliance to discuss the campaign for proportional representation, catching up with the Sheffield Teaching Hospitals Trust, joining a Ministerial briefing on Covid-19 and joining a discussion on the development of the city centre – on which I met with Council leaders last week.
On Saturday I’ll be speaking at a rally in the city centre against the Nationality and Borders Bill, on which I’ve campaigned hard in Parliament, and on Sunday I’ll be knocking on doors and listening to residents’ views about the proposed all-day bus lanes.