From laying out the key tests the government needs to meet in leaving the European Union, to campaigning in Manchester and - of course - in the Gospel Oak by-election, this has been as busy a period as ever. I hope you find this update of my activities useful.
Please get in touch with me at my office if there is anything you want to raise with me.
All the very best,
Monday 27th March
On Monday I gave a speech at Chatham House outlining Labour’s demands for the final Brexit deal.
The Prime Minister needs to face down Brexiteers who would sever ties with Europe. You can read the full speech here.
I then headed to Birmingham to record a Britain after Brexit special of Question Time. I was joined on the panel by David Davis, Nick Clegg, Alex Salmond, Suzanne Evans and Melanie Phillips. I was pleased to be able to make it clear that Labour will not support any future Brexit deal that fails our six tests.
You can find out more about the six tests for the final Brexit deal here.
Wednesday, 29th March
On Wednesday I had a fantastic morning visiting La Sainte Union Catholic School in Highgate. I was pleased to speak to their Democracy in Action Day for Year 9 students as we discussed how the work of an MP can focus on local, national and international politics.
At lunchtime the Prime Minister gave her statement on the triggering of Article 50 to the House of Commons and I responded for the Labour Party. In the debate she said that she is ‘determined to meet’ the Labour tests that I set out on Monday for the Brexitdeal: we will hold her to this.
In the evening I had an excellent time at the Camden Mayoral charity gala dinner in aid of the Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families. It is a fantastic charity that works in partnership with children, families, researchers, practitioners and teachers in providing support and help for children and young people with mental health problems.
Thursday 30th March
On Thursday we had a statement on the Repeal Bill in the House of Commons. I challenged David Davis about how the Bill will give sweeping new powers to the Government, with no democratic safeguards.
In the evening it was a pleasure to be invited to the West Ham Fundraising dinner at the East London Rugby Club. I had a brilliant time discussing Labour’s vision on Brexit and having some delicious curry!
Friday 31st March
On Friday I spent the day in Manchester with our excellent candidate Afzal Khan for the Manchester Gorton by-election. My busy day included a Brexit session with students, door-knocking in Gorton and finally a business round table with Andy Burnham MP.
Saturday 1st April
On Saturday I was canvassing in Camden with our local team. We had a great group of people join us and it was a beautiful sunny morning!