Well what a week! Campaigning goes on in all weathers. Dodging the raindrops and finding the sun. I’m continuing to get a very positive reaction from local people; like those in Messingham stopping me leafletting to chat about issues or the woman in Hibaldstow tending her lovely garden kind enough to pause and wish me luck. And all sorts of kind comments from people in Bottesford, Kirton, Scunthorpe and elsewhere. With just over two weeks to go I hope those kind comments turn in to votes!! I have had some wonderful people come across to support me including students from Hull and Lincoln, my colleagues John Healey and Diana Johnson as well as pancreatic cancer surgeon Derek O’Reilly keen to see me back in parliament championing that cause.
And I’ve been busy doing other stuff too. I was at the beautiful St Lawrence’s Church to enjoy the fabulous Scunthorpe Male Voice Choir in a concert organised by Rotary Club of Scunthorpe to raise money for the a Children’s Bereavement Unit planned for Scunthorpe General Hospital. It was a cracking concert! Another fantastic show was enjoyed by all of us at the wonderful Baths Hall with an evening of entertainment and networking for the Hull and Humber Chamber’s North Lincolnshire Business Awards. A reminder of the huge number of talented businesses we have locally.
I popped into the Healey Road One Stop to learn more about the work of convenience stores at the invitation of the Association of Convenience Stores. Locally our corner shops are very important to us and with NisaLocally one of the main suppliers of goods to corner shops there is yet another reason for us to keep an eye in this vital part of the economy. It was good to join worshipers at the amazing Scunthorpe Central Mosque for Friday prayers. And I enjoyed joining Ashby Wesley Methodists for their Big Brekkie in support of Christian Aid. A reminder of how important our faith communities are to our area.
I dropped into the The Vale Academy to answer questions from sixth formers before taking part in the candidates’ debate on Estuary TV, the local community TV channel. Only no other candidates turned up so it was just me!!! I believe strongly in being accessible, open and transparent. That’s why I respond positively to invitations to answer questions from the public or media. It’s a shame others don’t do the same.
Finally in a week of highlights the overall highlight has to be going along to Messingham Martial Arts. It was an inspirational evening with such enthusiastic young people and I was trained by Master Stuart Usher to do an elbow board break!!! Funny how breaking a bit of wood can give you such a strong sense of satisfaction!!!