My Diary Week Ending 17th June 2018 It was like running a marathon again! Voting and voting and voting. On the snappily titled EU withdrawal bill! We had 20...
My Diary Week Ending 10th June 2018
In a week of highlights seeing a Scunthorpe beer in the Parliament's legendary Strangers' Bar made me very proud. East Butterwick's Dog and Gun hosts the Dark Tribe brewery and is making a bit of a name for itself as a place to go for food as well so it was fantastic to show off their excellent tipple.
It's been Business Week in the Humber so I was delighted to open the annual Business Expo - a celebration of fantastic businesses across the region and a fabulous opportunity to network. University of Hull hosted an excellent Business Dinner; another opportunity to catch up with the world class work being done across our area.
Evidence that businesses are continuing to invest locally was underlined when I caught up with Centrica in Scawby Brook and looked round their multi million pound investment in a new generator. State of the art, it can get onto the grid in 2 minutes so will be an essential part of our future energy mix.
It was lovely to join children, staff and friends for the opening of Bottesford Junior School's Outdoor Learning Area (See picture above with Phil Brown (Headteacher)). Such excitement and a reminder that some of the best learning takes place outside of formal classrooms.
I was also impressed as I went round Huntcliff School - Kirton and St Bede's on the day their students were doing the second GCSE Maths paper. Yes this good weather is at the height of the exam season and we should all have a thought for those toiling away to do their best in this year's GCSEs, A levels and other exams.
Back in parliament I had a busy week urging the Trade Secretary to take robust action in defence of UK British Steel, calling on the Work and Pensions Secretary to examine why so many PIP assessments are wrong and pointing out to the Justice Secretary that closing our Magistrates and Family Court is impacting negatively on our area.
Finally I led a debate on the awful humanitarian disaster taking place in the world's youngest nation South Sudan. After all of that I was ready for the sunshine, park run and spot of gardening at the weekend!
My Diary Week Ending 10th June 2018 In a week of highlights seeing a Scunthorpe beer in the Parliament's legendary Strangers' Bar made me very proud. East Butterwick's Dog and Gun hosts the Dark...
On Wednesday 6th June, I spoke to local businesses at the Hull and Humber Chamber Expo
On Wednesday 6th June, I spoke to local businesses at the Hull and Humber Chamber Expo Read more
My Diary Week Ending 3rd June 2018
It's been good to have the time to visit some of the many award winning businesses in our area over the recess. I really enjoyed catching up with the fantastic team at I Learn Education to celebrate their recent OfstedOutstanding. Well done to all the children and staff!
The Pink Pig is the largest private provider in the local tourism business recently winning a national award for rural diversification. I was really impressed to see how they are developing the business with even more for families to do.
And it was good to visit one of the winners of last year's Northern Lincolnshire Business Awards Qualiluminar, to look round their modular home construction business.
The sunshine brought families out in Central Park where i was delighted to drop in to join the Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust for the first day of their 30 days wild activities, a multitude of Love Lincs Plants activities for children.
Sadly the big news of the week was less positive with President Trump confirming the United States will impose 25% tariffs on UK Steel. It really is now time for the UK Government to act in support of our steel industry. Too often they are asleep at the wheel when action is necessary. Thank goodness the EU is showing leadership and making clear that it won't be bullied by Trump and will stand up for European steelworkers and steel communities like ours. Steel is an important part of our present and future. Our steel heritage has helped to forge our place and the people who live here.
It was good to meet up with the Heritage Lottery Fund and talk about the ways in which they might better support our area.
Finally it was good to be updated on how local probation services are getting on as they move into new premises
My Diary Week Ending 3rd June 2018 It's been good to have the time to visit some of the many award winning businesses in our area over the recess. I...
I was delighted to meet up with the impressive team at Scunthorpe Asda who briefed me on the work they are doing with Scunthorpe Foodbank as part of their Fight Hunger Create Change initiative. This is just one example of the many good things people are doing locally.
Another group who do a lot of charitable work are the local Ahmadiyya Community who I was pleased to praise in a parliamentary debate celebrating their work.
I held a busy Ask Me Anything session with questions focused mainly on local issues like dealing with potholes and trees as well as upping our game in supporting people suffering with mental health difficulties.
I was able to follow up the pothole issue by asking theTransport Secretary to comment on Conservative North Lincolnshire Council's performance in this area. To be fair they have improved since local people joined me in my campaign to get them to sort out our roads and pavements but there is still more to be done. I also drew attention to the distress being caused to women with secondary breast cancer having to complete long winded Personal Independent Payment applications. The Leader of the House agreed with me that the process needs to be streamlined.
I had two very good meetings of the All Party Group chair on bioethenal and on steel. Both industries make a significant contribution to the regional economy.
It was also good to join an expert round table on the progress being made on the TB strategy for England and to have a very useful meeting with the Royal Society of Physicians about steps they are taking to encourage the government to take appropriate actions to address the shortage of hospital doctors.
Finally I drew the Chancellor's attention to the worrying fact that young people today are earning less than their peers were a decade ago. Evidence that austerity isn't working for people.
I was delighted to meet up with the impressive team at Scunthorpe Asda who briefed me on the work they are doing with Scunthorpe Foodbank as part of their Fight...