This week I and my office hosted a Fairtrade breakfast as part of Fairtrade Fortnight - providing free cups of Fairtrade tea, coffee, fruit and homemade breakfast bakes to help raise awareness about this important campaign. It was really well attended, thanks everyone who dropped by and for their donations.
In Parliament this week, we had another debate on the UK Steel Industry – an issue of vital importance to our economy. This government has not adequately stepped in to protect British steel and instead has sat idly by whilst cheap Chinese steel has been dumped on the UK market. This has had a big impact on the industry and with job losses having been announced by several steel firms, including in Sheffield, the Government needs to act. We want to see British steel used in government-funded projects and protections to the industry to be implemented.
Today I attended a PCS protest on the Sheffield closure of HMRC, an issue I will continue to raise. We also have Defence, Business and Treasury Questions and a backbench debate on youth violence.
Back in Sheffield I will be meeting Keepmoat about issues with a local housing development and the Chief Executive of South Yorkshire Housing Association and Neville Martin, from the Federation of Small Businesses. I will also be dropping in to Newfield Secondary School to meet the new Co-headteachers. I will also be holding my regular advice surgery.