It was great to get out and meet constituents this month as coronavirus restrictions eased. We've seen significant local elections, a new session of Parliament with the Government setting out their programme in the Queen's Speech, and I've launched a campaign against sexual harassment. As ever, do let me have your feedback and stay in touch. Best wishes, Paul
I spoke twice on the Fire Safety Bill, trying to secure protection for leaseholders. Although the Bill was whipped through unamended, I will continue to campaign for justice through the new Building Safety Bill.
Calling for action on Palestine
I pressed the Foreign Secretary for action after attacks on protesters outside the Al Aqsa mosque and escalating conflict with Gaza, having previously coordinated a letter from Sheffield Labour MPs on evictions in East Jerusalem. See more here.
I was re-elected Co-Chair (with CBI President Lord Bilimoria) of the All-Party Parliamentary Group for International Students and chaired a meeting on the issues faced as we come out of the pandemic.
Weston Park Cancer Centre
I joined SCR Mayor Dan Jarvis at a meeting with Health Secretary Matt Hancock to press for £50m investment for refurbishment, new treatments and research - following our cross-party letter in March.
Asylum and immigration
I spoke in a debate about the quality of refugee housing, challenging Ministers on plans for wider use of 'detention centres', and met with local campaigners against Government proposals on asylum.
With just nine words on social care in this year's Queen's Speech, I pressed Ministers for a radical new approach - and an honest debate on how it is funded.
Challenging late action on 'Indian variant'
I pressed the Health Secretary Matt Hancock on how Boris Johnson's desperation to secure a post-Brexit trade deal held back 'red listing' India - in contrast with Pakistan and Bangladesh. See more here.