I’m heading down to Westminster with growing expectations that Rishi Sunak will be proposing an agreement to amend the Northern Ireland Protocol which was negotiated by Boris Johnson as part of his flawed Brexit deal.
A highlight of my week will be the first evidence session in the students cost of living inquiry that I’m leading for the All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for Students of which I’m Chair. After several weeks of collecting written evidence, we’ll be hearing from students’ unions on how their members are being affected by the cost-of-living crisis.
The harm done by the growth of gambling, and particularly online gambling, is another issue for me this week. On Monday I’ll be joining the AGM of the Gambling Related Harm APPG and on Wednesday I’ll be hosting an event for Gambling with Lives, at which both the Culture Secretary and Shadow Culture Secretary will be speaking, as we anticipate publication of the much-delayed government White Paper on Gambling Reform.
Also this week I’ll be meeting several charities at an East Africa Hunger Crisis event, joining the Climate Coalition’s Green Heart Hero Awards, for which one of my local Councillors has been shortlisted, and meeting online with local GPs to talk about the current challenges in primary care – before heading back to Sheffield to watch United take on Spurs in the FA Cup.
On Thursday morning I’ll be speaking at a Climate Change Conference, organised by Schools’ Climate Education South Yorkshire, where pupils will be learning more about the climate emergency and sustainability. On Friday, I will be visiting Becton School, meeting with City Council leaders and separately with the South Yorkshire Mayor, and discussing the Nether Edge Active Travel Scheme with Council officers. Then over the weekend I’ll be knocking on doors and meeting constituents in Nether Edge.