We’ve had an exciting and uplifting weekend thanks to Team GB. What a great advert for the Lottery Fund investment in sport that followed London 2012. Let’s hope that it continues and more of our young people are inspired by the dedication and hard work of our athletes – qualities that are rewarded not just in sport but in everything they are applied to.
One of the most heart-warming things I’ve seen during the Olympics was the joy of the Brazilian gymnasts, who won bronze and silver behind Max Whitlock in the floor exercise, receiving their medals. A real example that there’s pride, and certainly no shame in not coming first if you’ve done your best!
I don’t know if it’s inspired by the Olympics but I don’t think I’ve seen as much sporting activity in Central Park for a long time. This weekend the park was full of people jogging, cycling, playing rounders and football, the young ones having great fun in the splash pad and families picnicking. What a brilliant facility it is.
On a more sombre note, recently published Department of Health accounts showed that the money paid out to private-sector NHS providers has more than doubled; from £4billion in 2009-10 to £8.7billion in 2015-16. I don’t think that on these figures the government can deny their creeping, back door privatisation of our NHS.
I have surgeries this week on Wednesday afternoon and Friday morning at my constituency office - so if you would like to see me please give the office a call on 01724 842000.
We’ve had an exciting and uplifting weekend thanks to Team GB. What a great advert for the Lottery Fund investment in sport that followed London 2012. Let’s hope that it...
Well, what a weekend! Not only has Team GB had an emphatic start from Adam Peaty and Jazz Carlin in the chase for Olympic medals – but my former colleague and Shadow Chancellor, Ed Balls, is named as the first “celebrity” for Strictly!!!
His footwork was always pretty nifty as a politician so if that translates to the dancefloor we could be in for some star performances! Bring on your rumba Ed and sorry for the bit of photoshop work!
A number of concerned constituents have contacted me about the British Steel Pension Review and it’s good to know from them that they appreciate the active support I’ve been giving them in this matter. I’m pleased that the Chair of Trustees has said that bringing increases for pre April 1997 service up to the level of post April 1997 service would be a priority for the Trustees if and when the service is in a financial position to do so safely.
I’ve arranged for other MPs to join me at a local meeting with British Steel on 19th August. I’m delighted to see the British Steel logo displayed so prominently along Brigg Road – it instils a real sense of optimism for the future.
It’s great to see that the free swimming sessions for children during summer holidays, introduced by the Labour Council many years ago, are still continuing. It is good to see young people queueing up outside The PODS each morning and, you never know, we might have a budding Adam Peaty or Jazz Carlin in the making!
Also, I’m pleased to see that the Tory Council plans to relocate the Scunthorpe Museum have not come to pass and that they listened to the Labour Party’s objections that this brilliant local facility, which provides a fabulous range of activities throughout the year, has stayed put!
There are still some appointments available for my surgeries on the 12th, 17th and 19th of August at my Scunthorpe Office. Phone 01724 842000 if you have anything you would like to discuss with me.
Well, what a weekend! Not only has Team GB had an emphatic start from Adam Peaty and Jazz Carlin in the chase for Olympic medals – but my former colleague...
Over the next few weeks I’ll be out and about in the constituency meeting local people in areas such as Messingham and Lakeside. Keep an eye open for a card through your door, I may be coming to your street and I’m happy to drop by for a chat.
I’ll also be visiting local businesses and employers such as British Steel and the Brigg Renewables Energy Plant and running several constituent surgeries.
The summer holidays can be a testing time for parents and, increasingly so, for grandparents who often have to take on the role of entertainment managers for the next few weeks.
There is a lot going on around the area: puppet making, becoming a Ghost Buster, the petting zoo at Normanby Hall, activities for under-fives at the museum and many more.
If you want the children more appreciative of their nice modern school when they have to go back at the end of the holidays, what about a visit to the Wilderspin School at Barton where they’ll be able to see what school life used to be like. Every Thursday during the summer holidays children aged 5-13 can try out one of the several crafts their parents or grandparents will recall – at school or in the home. It’s a very interesting experience, and perhaps a walk down memory lane, for the adults too.
All these activities and many more can be checked out at: http://www.northlincs.gov.uk/tourism-museums-and-the-arts/whats-on/whats-on-in-north-lincolnshire/
Jessica, who volunteers in my Scunthorpe office, has been doing some courses in Leeds on benefits. In spite of the vagaries of the transport system - delays, cancelled trains and bus replacements she seems to have enjoyed the experience and is looking forward to putting her new-found knowledge into practice. You can follow her blog at: http://www.nicdakin.com/young_people
Over the next few weeks I’ll be out and about in the constituency meeting local people in areas such as Messingham and Lakeside. Keep an eye open for a card...
Last week, as well holding a busy surgery, I met with Humberside Police and Crime Commissioner, Keith Hunter, just a couple of months into his post. I was impressed that he is taking local concerns seriously and has already met with retailers concerned about the policing of Scunthorpe Town Centre. Hopefully it won’t be long before his commitment to strengthen community policing shows dividends.
The Labour Leadership Election is now in full swing! Last week saw the hustings at the Parliamentary Labour Party where two candidates set out strong, positive agendas for the future whilst one – the current Leader - continually looked backwards to the 1980s. Both Angela Eagle and Owen Smith demonstrated that they have the verve and energy as well as the ideas to take the Labour Party and the country forward. They also clearly have the support of the people they will work closest with, Labour MPs.
Unfortunately the current Leader has lost the support of those who know him best. In my view he should have had another year to prove himself but, in the light of his lamentable performance in the EU Referendum campaign, some colleagues weren’t as patient as I believe they should have been. As a consequence we’ve been plunged into a leadership election at a time when we should be scrutinising the new Prime Minister. Theresa May has certainly hit the ground running with a very impressive debut at Prime Minister’s Questions. This is good for the country as it will help breathe confidence into the economy after the shock of the Brexit decision. And at least by the end of the week we in the Labour Party now have just one competent contender for the Labour crown in Owen Smith MP.
Much of the rest of last week was focused on the work of the Steel All Party Parliamentary Group’s final evidence sessions before we pull our report together proposing a strategy for the steel industry. With the new Government putting ‘Industrial Strategy’ into the name of its new department hopefully we will be pushing at an open door!! Well it’s always good to live in hope.
I also met with the secretariat of the Pancreatic Cancer All Party Group to make sure that the work plan over the summer will deliver our ambitious schedule of work for the next parliamentary year.
Last week, as well holding a busy surgery, I met with Humberside Police and Crime Commissioner, Keith Hunter, just a couple of months into his post. I was impressed that...
We’ve had another exciting political week. Whilst all eyes were on the launch of Angela Eagle’s Labour leadership bid, Andrea Leadsom withdrew from the Conservative leadership race. That meant we suddenly had a new Prime Minister in Theresa May. Good news for the country in in bringing some stability to government which generally speaking is good for confidence, markets and jobs. She immediately set about a very radical reshuffle.
David Cameron’s last Prime Minister’s Questions came sooner than anyone of us would have imagined. I managed to get Jess – who’s been doing work experience in my office – a ticket for PMQs so she was really pleased!
My very strong view is that we have to get on with making things work for the benefit of the people we serve. This was the message I was strongly putting over in the debate on the challenges facing the steel industry following the EU Referendum.
We in Labour have to get our act together as quickly as possible. We now have two challengers to the current Leader. What we need is a robust debate about what sort of party we want to be – a party that brings about change through getting into government and passing laws to make people’s lives better or a protest movement that is not interested in power to change things. I am firmly of the former view and will campaign for the candidate who I believe is most likely to unite the membership, MPs and inspire Labour voters.
We’ve had another exciting political week. Whilst all eyes were on the launch of Angela Eagle’s Labour leadership bid, Andrea Leadsom withdrew from the Conservative leadership race. That meant we...