As Putin’s war in Ukraine reached horrific new levels over the weekend, I’m heading to Westminster to back new sanctions measures but to press the Government to go further, closing their planned time gap for Russian oligarchs to move their wealth, and making the case for a much more generous approach to refugees – as I did last week – with Boris Johnson matching his bluster with action.
Tomorrow I’ll be attending the Gambling Reform Rally at Church House, which is being sponsored by the All-Party Group on Gambling Harm of which I’m now a Vice-Chair. I became involved in the issue through the work of my constituents Charles and Liz Ritchie, whose son who took his life as a result of a gambling addiction, and last Friday I joined them for the last day of the coroner’s inquest into his death.
Also in Westminster this week I’ll be supporting Scope on their campaign for appropriate PIP assessors (see more here about the campaign), joining an event on conflict-related sexual violence in Tigray hosted by my Labour colleague Helen Hayes to mark International Women’s Day, meeting the Rail Minister on plans for Sheffield, and finding out about the works of a University of Sheffield researcher at the final stage of the STEM for Britain competition.
Later in the week when I’m back in Sheffield, I’ve meetings with the Police and Crime Commissioner and Chief Constable, the Jewish Leadership Council, the NHS Clinical Commissioning Group and local councillors and. At the weekend I’ll be out knocking on doors and meeting constituents at Nether Edge farmers market, as well as meeting the Korean Ambassador at an event wrongly included in last week’s column.