During Business Questions I asked about Pub Companies and what the Minister intends to do for pub tenants that are currently being forced to buy all their beer directly from PubCos, no matter what the cost. Local pubs have raised this issue with me and are rightly concerned that this arrangement is pushing some pubs out of business –becoming untenable for some tenants as costs have risen dramatically in recent years. I was disappointed by the Minister’s response, who dismissed these very real concerns for pub tenants.
Last week I joined many colleagues in opposing the Trade Union bill as it came through Parliament for the final stages, this Bill aims to put further restrictions on Trade Unions and on workers’ rights. Although this Bill was passed in the Commons we will continue to fight against this draconian and ruthless legislation. You can read my article on why I opposed this Bill here.
Last week was a short three-day Parliamentary recess, so I was straight back up to Sheffield at the first opportunity on Tuesday. I went to Meadowhead School for a Q&A with 250 students, who asked me questions on many topics, visited the St Wilfred’s Centre to see their classes and construction on their new residential home and I also visited Seven Hills School and Sheffield College.
On Thursday, I went to meet with Outwood Academy, spoke at Sheffield Labour Students at their weekly meeting and I also met with a large group of school support staff who are rightly concerned about the downgrading of their posts – whilst being asked to take on more and more responsibility.
We were thrilled to have Lisa Nandy MP come to the constituency and speak about her new brief on Energy and Climate Change and Labour’s Plans for energy. It’s clear to me we need a green economic plan and it was great to hear Lisa’s ideas on this.
I spoke at the Sheffield Unite Against Fascism AGM and at the Workers Educational Association AGM. I visited the Friends of Graves Park and went to see a production of the Wizard of OZ performed by a local church.