The deepening crisis over Boris Johnson’s leadership continues to deflect the Government from dealing with the real issues facing the country, as Ministers tour TV studios defending the indefensible and rushing out empty policy announcements – like last week’s from Michael Gove which I challenged in Parliament.
My week starts with another key issue; meeting Ofgem to discuss the impact of last week’s 50% increase and future energy costs. Several constituents contacted me to share the impact the crisis is having on them, and I raised one of these cases with the Chancellor last week (read more and watch here) pressing for more support through the Warm Homes Discount.
Following my recent question on private renters (see here), I’m meeting Shelter to discuss insecurity in the rental market, and further representations I can make in Parliament on the issue. I’ve also a meeting with community members in Broomhall to discuss the Homework Club which is facing closure because of a lack of funding.
Other meetings this week include the All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Immigration Detention, on the latest situation at Napier Barracks; the APPG on Choice at the End of Life, on our campaign to change the law on assisted dying; a catch up with the Vice-Chancellor of Hallam University; and a discussion on the latest position on the proposals to change Parliamentary boundaries, to which I’ve lodged an objection.
Parliament rises at the end of the week for the half-term recess, so I won’t post a preview of my week ahead next week, but will be back to normal from the 21st February.