There are a lot of significant Bills this week – I’ll be there today to oppose the Minimum Service Levels Bill which removes key workers’ rights to strike; on Tuesday I’ll be supporting moves to strengthen the Online Safety Bill while welcoming provisions to outlaw deepfake pornography on which I have campaigned with a constituent; and on Wednesday I’ll be opposing the the EU Retained Law Bill (read more about my work on it here) and I’m a co-signatory to the cross-party amendment 36 (here) requiring the Government to publish a list of the laws it plans to scrap.
Tomorrow I’ve my second meeting of the Health and Social Care Select Committee to which I was appointed just before Christmas, and this week’s session continues the inquiry into the accountability of the new Integrated Care Systems established to deliver NHS services.
Also this week I’ll be joining meetings organised by Yachad to hear from Alon-Lee Green, founder of Standing Together, on opposition to the policies of the new Israeli Government, the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Further Education on FE/HE collaboration, and Labour Friends of Ukraine as the Homes for Ukraine Scheme.
I’ll be attending an event on family reunion for Afghan refugees in the UK organised by Safe Passage and one organised by UNICEF on ‘Tackling Malnutrition in the Horn of Africa’ as my appeal for the children of Somalia approaches its £5,000 target.
On Thursday I’ll be joining a meeting of the UK Trade and Business Commission for an inquiry on what the UK’s manufacturing and construction sectors need from trade deals, before heading back to Sheffield where I’m hosting New Year drinks for local Labour volunteers. On Friday I’ve a meeting with City Council leaders and visiting accommodation for asylum seekers, and on Saturday I’m meeting city centre residents on problems with remediation of building safety issues.