My Diary Week Ending 18th March 2018
It was completely right for the British Government to make it crystal clear that we will not tolerate attacks on people living in the UK by foreign agents. Sadly it looks as though Russia is returning to former Soviet behaviour.
The Salisbury, Wiltshire attack has rather overshadowed everything else and meant that the very poor Spring Budget Statement has not got the level of scrutiny it might otherwise have done.
After years of unnecessary austerity our public services are still struggling under this Conservative Government. It is time to do more. Lack of clear Government policy has meant that our steel industry is less well supported than it should be. Two weeks on the Secretary of State for Trade finally came to Parliament to explain what the Government will do in the face of the US threat to impose huge steel tariffs. He reluctantly accepted that the best way of doing this is through the robust response of the EU. But he still refuses to commit to maintaining strong steel trade defence instruments when we are outside the EU. A reminder that there is still a big job to do to ensure steel is properly supported by this Conservative Government.
Another industry needing more consistent Government support is that producing bioethanol fuel like Vivergo. We had a good meeting of cross-party MPs to work out a way to argue the case for introducing E10 fuel into the UK - a move that would improve air quality, reduce carbon emissions and support the industry.
The humanitarian crisis in Burma is of huge concern to local people, particularly due to the pressures it is putting on Bangladesh. I was pleased to speak up for the persecuted Rohingya minority to encourage the Government to continue its international efforts to support Bangladesh and put pressure on Burma.
I had a very busy Kirton in Lindsey surgery where the issues around the need for investment in public transport, school places and local health services to support the projected housing growth was on a number of residents' minds. I will carry on working with the Town Council to try to ensure that North Lincolnshire Council plans any future development in a sustainable way.
Finally it was good to trudge through the snow and get into the warmth of West Common Sports Hall to see another impressive performance from John Leggott College's Basketball Academy Team (see picture below). A reminder that we have lots to be proud of locally.