I’ll be heading down to Westminster tomorrow because Parliament isn’t sitting today. We’re prorogued between sessions and the State Opening of Parliament tomorrow marks the start of the new Parliamentary session with the Queen’s Speech. Written by the Government, it sets out their agenda for the year ahead – and you can watch it here.
I’ll be looking out to see whether it addresses the cost of living crisis, the pressures on the NHS, the shortage of affordable housing, the climate emergency or the many other priorities facing the country – but, judging by the leaks to their favourite media, it seems more likely to be filled with attempts to provoke culture wars and reopen Brexit wounds ahead of the next general election.
The debate on Queen’s Speech will dominate business until next Wednesday, with most other normal business suspended, but I’ve meetings with the Universities All-Party Parliamentary Group on the post-18 education reforms and with Make Votes Matter on the campaign for proportional representation.
I’ll also be catching up with our new Labour Councillors, Tom Hunt in Walkley and Nighat Basharat in Nether Edge and Sharrow, who were elected last Thursday and will be great additions to the team across the constituency. I’ll be back in Sheffield on Thursday where meeting include one with the Teaching Hospitals Trust at which we will be talking about their response to their recent CQC rating.