Parliament returns today after the Christmas recess with the controversial Offshore Petroleum Licensing Bill, which prompted last week’s resignation of former Tory Minister Chris Skidmore, in the Commons. I’ve joined MPs from across parties in writing to the Energy Secretary urging her to withdraw the Bill in line with the COP28 commitment to transition away from fossil fuels. I’ll also be serving on a Delegated Legislation Committee on the draft Biodiversity Gain (Town and Country Planning) (Consequential Amendments) Regulations 2024,
Tomorrow morning I’ll be joining a Britain-Palestine All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) briefing on Gaza before heading to this week’s meeting of the Health and Social Care Select Committee at which we’re continuing our inquiry into future cancer innovation in diagnosis and treatment. I’ll then be in the Commons Chamber where my question to the Justice Secretary on court and tribunal backlogs has been selected. Later I’ll be back in the Chamber for a debate called by Labour on the crisis in NHS dentistry, which I’ve raised many times before.
On Wednesday, with my Labour colleagues, I’ll be opposing the Third Reading of the Economic Activity of Public Bodies (Overseas Matters) Bill – or Boycott Bill as it has become known – on which I set out my opposition at Second Reading. Back in Sheffield on Thursday I’m speaking with student representatives from both our universities at an event at Sheffield Hallam University, and the following day I’ll be at meetings with the Mayoral Combined Authority and the Sheffield Teaching Hospitals Trust.
At the weekend I’ll be out knocking on doors meeting constituents and in my regular place at Bramall Lane, hoping the Blades can convert our recently improved performances into points.