Last week everyone was shocked by the awful, horrific attack on young people enjoying themselves at a pop concert. The senseless killing is beyond comprehension. All our thoughts will be with all the families affected and the great city of Manchester. Rightly all General Election campaigning was suspended for one day with local campaigning restarting after that before a return to full national campaigning on Friday. It was good that all parties worked together on this to show a unity of purpose in the wake of the atrocity. We are now back to campaigning – an important message to the terrorists that we will not allow them to disrupt our democratic processes. We will not let them take our democratic freedoms away from us. The emergency services were outstanding in their response. It’s important their service is recognised as well as the everyday acts of kindness by the people of Manchester and elsewhere.
It was good to join members of all local faith communities for a short vigil and prayers in Scunthorpe on Friday. It was very moving to hear the words of solidarity and compassion. Our Labour Social event at Café Indie raised over £300 for the charity set up to support the families affected by the attack.
Former Deputy Prime Minister, John Prescott, joined us to remind us why it’s so important to get Labour MPs elected on June 8th. He echoed the words of Labour’s Deputy Leader, who visited earlier in the week, in pointing out Mrs May’s many U-turns, the latest in trying to distance herself for the Dementia Tax she announced days earlier in her own manifesto. She is the original Mrs Weak and Wobbly!!!
It was good to visit Scunthorpe’s BOC site and be updated on the challenges the business faces. Similarly attending the Multi Union Meeting at British Steel underlined the same issues. Action from Government on energy costs, procurement, skills and business taxes. This week will see the anniversary of the new owners Greybull Capital taking over the long products business form Tata. It will be a time to take stock of progress made and recognise and reward what the workforce has achieved.
As part of my policy of making myself open and accessible I visited North Lindsey College and answered questions from students and staff. I had agreed to do the hustings being organised by Scunthorpe Baptist Church but my Conservative challenger, who lives outside the constituency, could not make herself available to local people. She gave the same answer to John Leggott College and Estuary TV. So – for the first time ever – there will be no hustings locally.