This week I spent a busy hour on the cold meat and cheese counter at Sainsbury's, learning from the great team of people who work there. They were simply brilliant with customers and they taught me how to make a pizza! Apparently it wasn't too bad!
Unusually for me it was a bit of a show biz week last week. Ex John Leggott student, Kevin Doyle, was appearing in 'This House' - a play about both the government and opposition whips' offices during the Wilson/Callaghan government of the late 1970s. He was superb as Government Chief Whip Michael Cox. It was fitting that today's Government and Opposition whips' offices, including myself, went along together to enjoy the fantastic performance at the Garrick Theatre. Although the times are different the issues were uncannily the same! Europe, Scotland, individual behaviours!!
The All Party Group on Mindfulness hosted a session with Ruby Wax who brought own style to the subject!
On a more serious note, I was delighted to champion the argument for more Changing Places toilets that has been made so well by local campaigner Lorna Fillingham when I spoke in a well-attended debate on the subject.
Back in Scunthorpe I did a walkabout with Cllr Mashook Ali in streets close to Scunthorpe town centre looking at the impact of the Council's efforts to improve the local environment. We found things improved but still more problems than is acceptable with fly tipping and litter - issues I am now taking up with the Council. Interestingly fly tipping and road issues were some of the problems that were drawn to my attention at my very full Hibaldstow surgery.
There also still concerns about our local hospitals which I was able to raise with the Chair of North Lincolnshire and Goole Hospital Trust when I met with her.
It was pleasing to be updated by management and trade unions on the progress British Steel has made since June. The steel industry is in a much stronger state than it was last year but there is still more to do to give the sustainable future that everyone wants to see. That's why the All Party Steel Group is launching a strategic report today, spelling out what needs to be done to ensure a positive future for our steel industry.
Finally it was great to join an excellent Bottesford Civic Service held at Bottesford Baptist Church on Sunday. A fantastic celebration of all things Bottesford!