This week Parliament has been closed for recess ahead of Easter weekend. I have been using the extra time to catch up on emails from constituents, meet with campaign groups and check in with local volunteers.
👮Ahead of the national day of action this weekend, I joined Sheffield groups in signing an open letter against the dangerous police crackdown bill. It’s great to see so many groups in our city united behind the campaign to stop this dangerous, discriminatory and draconian bill.
🌎This week I wrote a piece for Tribune Magazine about the need for the climate movement to use COP26, the UN climate summit, to be transformative, democratic, accountable and just. You can read the full article here.
🖊️I have written to the Home Secretary Priti Patel to raise serious concerns about the new proposed Home Office changes to immigration detention guidance which will make it harder for wrongfully detained survivors of trafficking to be released.
🏥 I have also signed this EDM, calling for an end to outsourcing in the NHS, and ownership to be returned to a publicly funded, publicly provided, comprehensive health care service, available to all that is free at the point of delivery. Thank you to everyone who wrote to me about this issue.
💉I met with volunteers at vaccine centres in Hallam and heard about the amazing work they have been doing making sure our city is vaccinated again Covid-19!
♀️I also joined The Stack World for a live recording of their podcast series, She Stands, to talk about the need for more women in politics, and my campaigning in Parliament.
🛍️ I, along with other sheffield MPs, met with John Lewis about their decision to close their store in Sheffield. I raised concerns about the impact of this decision on staff and our city.
✊This week was #TransDayOfVisibility! To the trans and non binary community in Hallam: You are valuable, valid and important. To the non trans community: Let’s use this day – as we should every day – to join these important fights for trans equality.
🍲I have also been getting ready for our next Hallam Climate Manifesto event next Tuesday. If you live in Hallam, join us to discuss how we can build on exciting campaigns, like the movement for a National Food Service, and create a food system fit for people and the planet. If you’ve not already, please sign up here.