This year celebrating the centenary of Harold Wilson's birth I've been reading Ben Pimlott's biography of the great Labour Prime Minister. I came across the following observation on Wilson:
'An Opposition Leader has many tasks; to keep the faith, inspire the troops, maintain unity, give a policy lead. The most important is to win'. As Labour's leadership election nears its conclusion these words seem as true now as they were in 1964.
As summer comes to a close it’s back to school/college for our local young people and back to work and other routines for the rest of us. It is also a good time for reflection.
I am back in parliament next week where I’ll be busy contributing to current business and also welcoming Lucy, whose parents live in my constituency and is spending the autumn term with me in Westminster as part of her degree at Hull University.
This summer has been great for welcoming new volunteers. I enjoy giving local people the opportunity to join me to gain work experience. Over the last few months I welcomed Declan, from Fred Gough School, Naomi, Emily and Adam. Also, Dan and Jessica, who attend John Leggott Sixth Form College, have taken opportunity to spend full days in my local office in Park Square to supplement the half days that they do in term time. In Westminster there have been visits by Steph from North Lindsey College and Shaun.
This summer saw the graduation of two people I have been delighted to work with over the last few years. Craig Busby, started as my apprentice back in 2011. After two years and with glowing reports from North Lindsey College, he decided that he wanted to continue his political studies and he went on to Sheffield Hallam where he has done extremely well, and has now secured a job with Toby Perkins. Lawrence, who first came to my office on work experience back in 2010 as a 15 years old student, went on to take a degree in London and combined this with working 12 hours a week in Westminster. Now I am thrilled to report that he is my full time parliamentary assistant.