Parliament has now returned from summer recess – although, as always, I would say that doesn’t mean MPs haven’t been working! There will still be social distancing in the Chamber, which means only 48 MPs will be allowed in at any one time, and there will be very few physical meetings taking place, but there’s still a lot of work to be getting in with, and from now until Christmas is going to be very busy.
Priorities include: pressing that Government on Covid-19 testing, track and trace, vaccinations and preventing a second wave; getting support for those who still need it, including the “excluded” who did not benefit from earlier support schemes; lobbying for a “green recovery” package in the Chancellor’s Autumn Statement, with sector-specific support for the night-time economy, manufacturing and other sectors that have been worst hit by the crisis; and, of course, we are now coming to the end of the Brexit transition period, with very few signs of progress in the trade negotiations.
I also have a few things I’ll be devoting a fair bit of time to, including: trying to strengthen the Environment Bill with amendments on our global footprint and deforestation; introducing a Ten Minute Rule Bill on regulation of supported housing; and my work as Shadow Minister for Green Transport. I will try to keep you informed as I go!