This is a smashing time of year for me as I thoroughly enjoy having quality time in the constituency and the opportunity to catch up with local people.
I have enjoyed lots of visits to local businesses and organisations.
I met with Mel at Lindsey Hospice, joined volunteers at a Pancreatic Cancer event at Scunthorpe Market and met up with representatives of the CCG – the local Clinical Commissioning Group that holds the funding for many of the medical and care needs of our community.
I also had chance to spend time with my volunteers. Jess, one of the students who come to my office for work experience prepared an interesting article on CCG which you can see on her blog accessed through my website under the Young People section. She also took opportunity to interview me as part of her studies at college - that was tough, her questions were very searching. And it was good to be able to congratulate Jess and Dan, my other regular volunteer from John Leggott College, on their excellent AS level results.
I have held a number of surgeries where I have been able to assist local people on a range of topics to do with housing, health care, employment and community issues.
Something that affects all of us from time to time is litter. With this mind I was pleased to meet up with the Director of Places at North Lincolnshire Council who described plans for improving litter issues in the constituency and the new approach to waste management in the county.
At British Steel I met up with and was very impressed by the new Executive Chairman. His update on plans gives me optimism for the future of steel in our area.
Finally, on Friday, I was pleased to join Goole Neuro-Rehabilitation Centre to celebrate their 25th anniversary, they provide a very valuable service to our community.