Well this week’s started with a bit of a bombshell! I thought Theresa May was someone who was good to her word. How wrong I was! She has consistently ruled out calling a snap General Election because it wouldn’t be in the best interests of the country. I’ve always agreed with that view. And still do. But she now says she will take her eye off the ball of arguing the best deal for the UK in leaving the EU and indulge in a General Election. Historically when Prime Ministers have called unnecessary General Elections they’ve often ended up with egg on their face. So we will see.
It’s good that The Labour Party has rolled out so many positive policies over the Easter period: Free school meals for primary children, greater penalties for corporations that don’t pay small businesses bills on time, a strong pensioner promise, more support for carers, and greater protection for banks in rural areas. It’s almost as if we were expecting a General Election!!
My last week had a lot of family time in it seeing parents, relatives and children over the Easter period. And it had a lot of London Marathon preparation time in it. Frankly it’s not getting any easier the closer I get to it. But I am determined to both start and finish the race. A massive thank you to everyone who has given money to the great causes I am supporting (Lindsey Lodge Hospice, Scunthorpe Food Bank and the Pancreatic Cancer Charities) by going to http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/NicDakinMP
Saturday was the 28th anniversary of the awful tragedy at Hillsborough. Sue Maclean organised a very fitting ceremony to remember those who lost their lives on that dreadful day and the suffering of their families and survivors since. It was good to join her and others as 96 balloons were released and we reflected on the terrible loss.