I’m looking forward to Kim Leadbeater being sworn in as the new MP for Batley and Spen this afternoon; having campaigned for her over the last few weeks, I know that she’ll be a great representative for the constituency and a strong voice in Parliament.

Before that, my day starts with a briefing from Women for Refugee Women on the way the Government’s ‘New Plan for Immigration’ will impact women seeking asylum in the UK, something I’m also discussing in a Migration All-Party Parliamentary Group meeting on the Global Compact for Migration on Wednesday and later today I’ll be taking part in the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Immigration Detention’s inquiry into the use of military barracks.

I’ll also be seeking to question the Health Secretary today on government plans to lift all Covid restrictions from 19th July, following weekend briefings to the media. I’m concerned that, although vaccination has reduced the link between infection and hospitalisation, numbers in hospital are rising with the spread of the Delta variant – and that opening the economy further doesn’t require removing measures like the use of masks.

Later in the week I’ve been selected for a Women and Equalities Oral Question, which I’ll use to focus on sexual harassment in the workplace and particularly the hospitality sector on which I am campaigning locally with the Star (see more here). I’m also attending a meeting hosted by the APPG for Choice at the End of Life on the campaign for assisted dying, speaking to Commonwealth Scholars studying at British universities, and joining a meeting of the Universities APPG on the sector’s preparation for the new academic year.

On Thursday, I’ll be participating in a further session of the UK Trade and Business Commission, at which we’ll be considering the increasing importance of digital trade and the position regarding data sharing. I’ll also be meeting constituents during a national lobby day for Palestine, organised by the Palestine Solidarity Campaign. If you are interested in joining, get in touch.

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