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My week ahead- 25th February

Please find below a summary of my activities for the week

Monday

On Monday, I will return to Parliament.

In Home Office questions I will be attempting to ask a question about my constituent Ehi Izevbaye’s Leave To Remain case.

In the afternoon I will be attending Labour’s Brexit team meeting in my capacity as PPS to Sir Keir Starmer.

In the evening I will be attending the PLP meeting where Jeremy Corbyn is expected to give an address.

Tuesday

On Tuesday morning I will be attending the Education Select Committee where an Oral Evidence Session on The Fourth Industrial Revolution is being held, and hearing evidence from Andreas Schleicher, Director, Directorate of Education and Skills.

In the afternoon I will be attending an event organised by The Children’s Society, Action for Children, Barnardo’s, the National Children’s Bureau and The NSPCC who are making available tailored briefings and new data on the situation facing Children’s Services in my constituency. I have spoken in the House on this matter and it is one of keen interest to me and my constituents, some of whom brought this event to my attention and asked for me to attend.

Following that, I shall be meeting a representative of the Worth Less? campaign in Portcullis House. Worth Less? have representation across 64 Local Authorities and boroughs and have been focussing on adequate funding for schools, improved teacher supply and retention, and social mobility. These are important challenges facing the education system and I welcome the opportunity to discuss them with an organisation who share my concerns and determination to effect positive changes.

I shall then be attending a meeting on Brexit and Industry in the Wilson Room where representatives of a number of leading businesses and trade bodies have agreed to address MPs on their pressing need for the certainty of a deal with the EU, and how such a deal must deliver for them.

I will be speaking in the Estimates Day debates on the spending of the Department for Education and the Department for Work and Pensions where I will be arguing for more money for our schools and reforms to Universal Credit.

Wednesday

I shall begin the morning by helping a British Politics and Legislative Studies student at the University of Hull with her research by answering her questions on how the city of Hull has changed over recent years following investments and developments during a short interview.

Afterwards, I am meeting with Jackie Doyle-Price, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Mental Health, Inequalities and Suicide Prevention in the Star Chamber Court. We will discuss mental health funding in schools and my concerns about the increase in suicides.

Following my request at Oral Parliamentary Questions, I shall be meeting with a representative of the National Health Service Executive to discuss their instruction to reduce the routine prescribing of headlice treatments which I believe negatively affects those on low incomes.

In the evening I shall be watching a screening of Skipping School – Britain’s Invisible Children, a documentary examining reasons behind the dramatic rise in the numbers of children being home-schooled and the impact it is having on the children themselves, hosted by Channel 4 at their Horseferry Road HQ. I have become increasingly concerned with the number of children being “off-rolled” by schools and the reasons that lie behind it. I hope this documentary investigation will increase my understanding.

Thursday

On Thursday, I will be attending the Brexit questions in the House.

Friday

On Friday, I will be holding surgeries in my constituency and attending an event at Hull College.

Upcoming dates

w/c 4 March – National Careers Week

8 March – Yorkshire Water walk-around in the community

10 March  – Headscarf Revolutionaries Panel Discussion- Turning the Tide

If you need to contact me my office number is 01482 219211 and e-mail emma.hardy.mp@parliament.uk

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