After recess parliament is back in full swing.
My fellow Sheffield MP Angela Smith secured an adjournment debate on the key issue of road and rail links between Sheffield an Manchester, this is an important debate as it highlights the deep unfairness in infrastructure spending and the difficulties that presents to transport between two of the most vital cities in the North, making these connections faster and easier for commuters and businesses is vital for the Northern Revival.
We also had the Finance Bill coming before the house as the Government has faced embarrassment recently over tax avoidance with the release of the panama leaks, showing the extent of tax avoidance. I will continue to ask questions on why HMRC remains understaffed and underfunded to take on tax avoidance seriously.
As some of you will know I have been challenging the government on their proposed Pubs Code which was debated following the controversial appointment of Paul Newby as the Pubs Code Adjudicator. Many other colleagues and I have deep concerns about this appointment, and whether Mr Newby has a conflict of interest having been the director of Fleurets, a surveyor prominent in the Pubs Industry. The Pub Code aims to regulate the industry and it is clear that this post needs to be filled by someone with more independence. How can he be trusted when there is clearly a conflict of interest? During the debate the Minister refused to see that there is an issue with this appointment.
In the constituency, following the serious incidents last week in Gleadless Valley Local Police and Crime Commissioner Alan Billings, local councillors and myself, went on walkabout and spoke to residents about any concerns they may have following these incidents. We also spoke with the manager of the Co-op where several police officers were injured. It was great to see the Coop is open and serving the community again following the incident.
If anyone witnessed or were involved in the incident last week there are services available in Sheffield which offer practical and emotional support to those affected by crime.
Please do contact my office on 0114 250 8113 and we will be happy to direct you to the relevant service.
I'll also be meeting with Stradbroke Primary School and attending a meeting to organise the launch of a Teenage Market in Sheffield.