After that brilliant 6-1 defeat of Panama we are daring to let our hopes grow about England's 2018 World Cup chances. It's been a great competition so far with so many excellent games, generating different conversations to 'Love Island'!
There was great chatter at the busy Big Get Together held in Jo Cox's memory at Cafe Indie. Also the venue for a truly fantastic exhibition of talented Foundation Art students from John Leggott.
There was another great get together for Armed Forces Day as the sun shone on a busy Appleby Frodingham Sports Ground.
On the football theme I was able to give Scunthorpe's Iron Trust a plug when I asked the Sports Minister if she would be involving fans' groups in the consultation on safe standing. She said she's keen to hear from Scunthorpe's football fans!
I was also able to draw attention to the excellent work the Neuro Rehabilitation Centre at Goole does for local people in a debate on the treatment of acquired brain injuries.
On a less positive note I urged the Health Secretary to do something about the injustice of women being unable to get IVF treatment if their partner has had children in a previous relationship. Back home I visited Scunthorpe Market to find that the Conservative Council has told traders their rents will double when they move to the new site. It's high time the Council started listening to people and doing things with them rather than to them.
That was the feeling at Hibaldstow as well where I joined a lot of local people concerned about a possible new housing development. As in Yaddlethorpe, plans seem to be coming forward to build on green, open spaces without the full involvement of local people. I am encouraging people with concerns to contact me so that I can take up issues with the Council.
Finally I enjoyed visiting Outwood Brumby Academy to take part in a session on Labour Market Information delivered by JobCentrePlus. It was good to catch up with what is happening to get young people to think about careers and to learn what is being done to support people back to work.
After that brilliant 6-1 defeat of Panama we are daring to let our hopes grow about England's 2018 World Cup chances. It's been a great competition so far with so...
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...