It’s been a busy week campaigning with the General Election Campaign now in full swing. People have been very kind to me on the doorsteps saying what a good job I’ve done for the local area. The feedback from them is that the local choice matters – they are saying the area needs an MP like myself who’s lived and worked in the constituency for 35 years and understands the needs of steel and other local businesses.
It’s an odd time because whilst the election is going on there is still work to do dealing with people’s concerns and carrying out commitments already entered into. I had a very useful visit to Singleton Birch – an important local company that’s strongly diversified its portfolio of work.
I also joined the President of the Lincolnshire Iron and Steel Institute for their annual dinner at the Baths Hall which is fast becoming a premier venue for the area. It was a great opportunity to catch up with people from the world of steelmaking across the UK and beyond. After a very successful start for British Steel it was good to hear from the new Chief Executive Peter Bernscher who was just four days into his new job. He recognised the challenges ahead but gave a vision of how the company can prosper into the future.
It was good to pop into my old place of work where I used to be Principal John Leggott College and get an update how things are going.
I caught up with the active North Lincolnshire Women Against State Pension Inequality group at their monthly meeting. It’s shocking that so many women born in the 1950s have been short changed on the pension deal they were promised and that the Government is so unwilling to act on their behalf. Indeed it looks as though the Conservatives are about to go further in letting our pensioners down by scrapping the commitment to the triple lock on state pensions.
Finally what a week it’s been for Scunthorpe United. A great result away to Millwall in the play offs bringing them back to Glanford Park all square on Sunday night. But what a roller coaster of a game. The Iron taking the lead only to be pegged back to 1.1 on the stroke of half time. A second half in which we seemed to lose the plot and go 1.3 down before staging a valiant fight back grabbing a goal with 10 minutes to go and very nearly snatching the equaliser. Ah well no trip to Wembley this season and League 1 football next.