I’m heading down to Westminster hoping to add to the pressure for a Government u-turn on the cost of living crisis – on which I spoke last week, urging restoration of the Universal Credit uplift, an increase in the Household Support Fund and a windfall tax to tackle energy prices. Today I’ll be seeking to raise my concerns about the Public Order Bill which comes to the Commons for its Second Reading.
Tomorrow starts with the AGM of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Immigration Detention at which we’ll be briefed by UNHCR on the Home Office’s pilot project alternatives to detention – following which I’ll be joining a roundtable on the ‘No Recourse to Public Funds’, on which I’ve challenged the Prime Minister. policy organised by charities supporting migrants and refugees in crisis.
I have a meeting with residents of Wicker Riverside, on further problems they’re facing with the safety work on their building, ahead of a meeting I’ve arranged with Lord Greenhalgh, the Minister of State for Building Safety and Fire. You can read more on my work on this particular building here and on cladding and fire safety here.
I will be joining a meeting of the Britain-Palestine All Party Parliamentary Group on the Israeli Government’s actions against human rights activists in Jerusalem, and catching up with representatives of Best for Britain, the secretariat of the UK Trade and Business Commission of which I am a member. On Wednesday, I’m serving as a member of the Delegated Legislation Committee on the Public Procurement Regulations (International Trade Agreements) – details here.
Back in Sheffield on Thursday I’ve my first ‘in person’ meeting with Labour members after more than two years of monthly online meetings since the start of the pandemic and on Saturday I’ll be joining the AGM of the Labour Movement for Europe, as a member of their Executive Committee. Parliament is in recess next week, so I’ll post my next look at the week ahead on Monday 6th June. Enjoy the Bank Holiday!