The sun shone for a fantastic event at British Steel bringing stakeholders together to get behind the area's bid to have a Heathrow Logistics hub based here. This is a truly transformational project that would see investment in new technology, new processes and investment. It would create future jobs. It was a great turnout and there was great enthusiasm. As well as working together to make this happen we have to keep an eye on what is going on at the moment. So it was good that the US Administration has delayed its decision on imposing steel tariffs but really they need to grow up and drop the idea altogether. And, as I pointed out in parliament, the UK needs to continue to work with its EU partners to robustly resist US protectionism.
Tackling Cancer is another ongoing battle. We have so many brilliant people working in research, medicine and support to make this happen. Some of them gave evidence to the All Party Group on Teenage and Young Peoples Cancer this week. Some of what they said I was able to draw on when speaking in the debate on NHS cancer targets.
I was one of a cross party group of MPs that met with the Education Secretary to press the case for better funding of sixth form colleges like John Leggott College With 16-18 year olds the least funded age group in our education system we will need to keep the pressure on to stop them falling even further behind.
Shamefully Conservative North Lincolnshire Council is cutting the core funding for Citizens Advice North Lincolnshire. The Leader of the House agreed with me that councils should value the work of their CABs and actively support them in serving local communities. If you want to send a message of support for our CAB please sign the petition calling on the Conservative Council to think again:
While you're signing that you might sign the petition asking the Conservative Council to rethink its approach to shutting down local mental health facilities like Sandfield House:https://www.change.org/p/catherine-lydon-we-the-undersigned…
I was privileged to join the very moving Workers' Memorial Day Service that included superb contributions from Berkeley Primary School children. They were very impressive.
Equally impressive were the students at North Lindsey Collegewho I joined for their debate on whether or not to lower the voting age to 16. It was a lively, interesting debate. Earlier in the week I had shown my support for the AoC's Fair.Vote campaign.
Finally I was really impressed with my visit to Jack Tighe's - a company with a long family history locally that is now one of the country's premier industrial and decorative painting contractors. Its important that great companies like this are paid on time by the main contractors that they often work for. The collapse of Carillion has re-emphasised how important it is to get this right. Whilst there I was really impressed to look round the biggest blasting and coating facility in the country. In my job you learn something new about our fantastic area and the amazing people who work and live here every week!!!
Well done to everyone involved in the fantastic North Lincolnshire Half Marathon over the weekend. And big congratulations to Scunthorpe United FC getting into the play offs - I need to get my ticket!!!