Parliament returns today after the summer recess, with the crisis over the safety of school buildings a powerful symbol of thirteen years of underinvestment in our public services. I hope to get along to a debate on disability benefits, on which I’ve campaigned in the past, and I’ll be joining colleagues at a meeting of the Parliamentary Labour Party this evening.

My work on gambling reform continues tomorrow when I’ll be representing the Health and Social Care Select Committee the inquiry on the Government’s Gambling White Paper being carried out by the Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Select Committee. In the afternoon I’ve a meeting of the Gambling Related Harm All-Party Parliamentary Group which is also analysing the measures included in the White Paper.

After a summer of extreme weather which has underlined the importance of climate action I’ll be joining a meeting of the APPG on Climate Change on how the UK can lead in phasing out oil and gas. I’ve also a meeting of the UK Trade and Business Commission to discuss our future work programme, joining an event to mark World Alzheimer’s Month, and participating in a policy discussion on Yemen before heading back to Sheffield on Wednesday evening.

On Thursday I’ll be meeting representatives of the People’s Assembly following their recent campaign against food poverty, meeting constituents on issues from economic regeneration to mental health and opening an inquiry of the Young Carers APPG, which you can read more about here. On Friday, along with other local MPs, I’ve meetings with the Mayoral Combined Authority, the Police and Crime Commissioner and Chief Constable, and the Local Medical Committee which represents local GPs.

Finally I am looking forward to attending the Medina Masjid Open Day on Sunday – do come along and have a chat there.

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