I’ll be returning to Westminster this morning after the summer recess, as the Tories announce who their members have chosen as the new Prime Minister after five weeks of debates in which both candidates have ignored the big issues facing the country – while focussing on the prejudices of those selecting them.

I’ll be looking for opportunities to press for action on the cost-of-living crisis, particularly on energy costs for both families and small businesses. On Tuesday I’ll be raising the appalling floods in Pakistan with the Foreign Secretary (if we have one by then), both in terms of relief and the climate emergency. I’ll also be speaking on the Australia and New Zealand Trade Bill, which undermines Parliamentary oversight and damages key sectors of the economy.

On Wednesday I’m supporting Stuart McDonald MP on the Bill Committee for his Neonatal Care Bill, which gives parents with children in neonatal care for at least 1 week after birth the right to an additional 12 weeks of leave, before heading to the Commons Chamber for the first PMQs with the new Prime Minister. On Thursday, I’ll be joining colleagues on the UK Trade and Business Commission to take evidence on the development of free trade deals with Canada and the US representatives.

I’ve an early start on Friday, sending off walkers at 7.30am on the latest Big Step campaign to highlight lives lost through gambling addiction. The campaign aims to end gambling sponsorship of football and starts at Sheffield United’s Bramall Lane, taking in Sheffield Wednesday, Rotherham United and Barnsley – before ending at Leeds United on Saturday.

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