The brutal murder of my friend and colleague Jo Cox - MP for Batley and Spen - shocked the nation. How could something like this happen in our country?
The tributes have been very accurate in recognising her fizzing energy and clear focus on making the world a better place. I hope that after all the exaggeration, hype and vitriol of the EU campaign the collective view of the British people is to embrace that idealism and vote for remaining in the EU.
I spoke in the final Commons debate on the EU explaining that I would be voting REMAIN for idealistic, practical and selfish reasons. Idealistic because I believe, for all its flaws, we've achieved more working together within the framework of the EU than we would outside it. Practical because we are interconnected with Europe and things like the European Health Insurance Card make travel in the EU easier, cheaper and safer. Selfish because everyone, including the leave campaigners, agree we will be much worse off if we come out of the EU.
I also had an online Ask Me Anything focused on the EU which was very good. There was no hype or abuse just good questions from constituents who wanted more information before making up their minds. Exactly the sort of debate we should have been having nationally! My Annual Report Meeting was similarly thoughtful. In another debate I spoke passionately about the value of parent governors as the Government seeks to limit their remit.
I've had a lot of British Steel pensioners contact me about the ongoing consultation on the future of their pension scheme so I was pleased to be with other steel MPs for a briefing from the BSPS trustees. The meeting tomorrow of local pensioners at Redbourn Club will be a useful opportunity for me to get more feedback from pensioners who will be directly affected by any changes.
It was good for me to pop into Lindsey Lodge to thank them for the great work they do on behalf of local people and be updated on their plans for the future. I also joined residents and staff of Rathside Residential Home in Scawby for their open day. And it was good to spend time with people from many local organisations at the Armed Forces Day held at Bottesford Football Club.
Finally I really enjoyed North Lindsey College's production of 'Women of Steel' at the Plowright - a reminder of how tough times were when Britain stood alone in the midst of the Second World War and how much better off we are today as a result of the peace, freedom and prosperity that the EU - for all its faults - has helped to bring.