On Monday, I will be conducting a walk around Boothferry with PC Kelly Edgar to investigate anti-social behaviour. Tackling anti- social behaviour has been a huge priority of mine in the two years I have spent as an MP so far and I have raised the issue several times in Parliament, including leading a debate on the subject in Westminster Hall. This walk around will allow me to see exactly what the issue is like on the ground in Boothferry and I hope to be able to work closely with Humberside police to put local strategies in place to tackle anti-social behaviour in the ward. I will spend the rest of the day in my constituency office meeting with constituents and helping them solve the issues that matter to them.
On Tuesday, I will be in my constituency office meeting with constituents and helping them solve the issues that matter to them.
On Wednesday, I will return to Parliament and to a meeting of the Education Select Committee where we will be holding an accountability hearing with the Secretary of State for Education. While it is true that a new Prime Minister will soon be in place and that he may very well choose to appoint a different Education Secretary, this will still be a good opportunity to raise issues with the institution of the Department for Education as a whole that affect the ability of all our children to get a good education.
Later in the day, I’ll be attending a mass lobby on climate change. Climate change is obviously one of the most pressing issues of the day with the UN stating that we could do irreversible damage to the planet if we do not make a serious dent in carbon emissions by 2030. I was proud to vote for Labour’s motion to declare a climate emergency in Parliament earlier this year and I want to see sustainability as a key factor in any future development in Hull. I hope to be able to learn more about the strategies we can take from this lobby. Following this, I will be holding a meeting with the Spinal Injuries Association to talk to them about the way that the government’s drastic cuts to social care are affecting their members.
Following questions to the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, I will be meeting with Keith Hunter, the Police and Crime Commissioner to hear about his priorities for policing in the constituency. I will also be pressing upon him the importance of tackling anti-social behaviour and illicit tobacco sales and discussing ways that a police presence can be maintained in Hessle.
Following this, I am pleased to announce that Labour’s Shadow Brexit Secretary, Keir Starmer will be visiting Hull to talk to residents about their views on Brexit. Keir will be holding a series of events across the constituency including a meeting with the Chamber of Commerce and several roundtable meetings. I am absolutely delighted that Keir is coming to Hull to listen to what we have to say. This is just the latest indication of Labour’s willingness to listen to all parts of the country and try to find a method of achieving Brexit that brings the country together and works for the many, not the few.
On Friday, representatives of First Group will be coming to Hull Station for a tour of the station. As part of this tour, I will be raising the issue of access to the station. You will no doubt have seen in the media recently that a number of people, led by the amazing Labour activist Tracy Dearing, have raised concerns about the effect that closing off the side access to the station will have on disabled or other vulnerable people. I have been supporting the petition they have made and hope that First Group take it very seriously. Other visits for the day include Northumberland Court and Wyke College.