My week starts with the ‘Boycott Bill’ – or Economic Activity of Public Bodies (Overseas Matters) Bill – as it’s properly known. Lots of people have written to me about the Bill which I’ll be speaking against. The Bill has been brought forward by the Tories to limit councils from taking sanctions in relation to Palestine but has far wider scope preventing sanctions by councils on any country.
On Tuesday I’ll be in the Health and Social Care Select Committee for the fifth session of our inquiry on assisted dying, looking at palliative care and hearing from Health Ministers. Later I’ll be joining Labour colleagues for a meeting with the Jewish Leadership Council, the Antisemitism Policy Trust and the Community Security Trust on issues facing the Jewish community.
I’m chairing a meeting of the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Students on Wednesday at which we’ll be discussing the Renters Reform Bill and its impact on students. I’ll also be launching the APPG’s second report of our inquiry on students and the cost-of-living crisis – this one focused on further education students, building on our previous report on higher education.
I’ll be joining the NHS Parliamentary Awards on Wednesday afternoon to support two of my nominees – a team at Sheffield Children’s Hospital working to reduce health inequalities and long-serving local pharmacist, Martin Bennet.
Also this week, I’ll be meeting with the Mines Advisory Group, a landmines clearance charity and serving one of the many Delegated Legislation Committees to which MPs are selected to consider secondary legislation and this DLC will be considering the draft Consumer Rights Act 2015 (Enforcement) (Amendment) Order 2023.