I've made it very clear I think that a vote to REMAIN in the EU is in the interests of local people. My reasons are firstly idealistic - the EU has helped deliver peace and freedom for the last 40 years. Secondly practical - we are interconnected with the countries of Europe and things like the European Health Insurance Card make it cheaper and safer to travel in the EU so why put that at risk? And thirdly I want to stay in the EU for selfish reasons - everyone agrees that we are more prosperous in the EU than outside it with even the out campaigners recognising there will be an economic shock if we leave.
These are the arguments I was able to put in the debate at North Lindsey College and my appearance on the Sunday Politics Show.
There have been many celebrations locally around the Queen's 90th birthday. It was great to drop in to Messingham Primary School and see everyone in Queen's 90th Birthday fancy dress! And Cadney and Howsham open gardens was, as ever, brilliant with a lot of patriotic bunting about!
The Friends of Queensway Playing Fields has an excellent event full of face painting, balloon modelling, games and cakes. Proof positive of the value of this green open space to local people.
I raised my concerns with the Local Government Minister at questions that North Lincolnshire Council shouldn't take away this amenity form local people. I was pleased with the Minister's response which confirmed that councils should not take away green open space without replacing it in a locality. Well the best solution for the Queensway Field would be to leave well alone.
Another great celebration I joined was the Prefect Celebration at St Lawrence's where next year's prefects took over from this years. It was good to join the RSPCA for the ten year anniversary celebration of the last Labour Government's groundbreaking Animal Welfare Bill (steered through the Commons by my immediate predecessor as Scunthorpe MP) - something to be really proud of.
We are now into Ramadan so it was good to join local people at Scunthorpe Central Mosque to share in the breaking of the day's fast at sundown.
The Shadow Schools' Minister brief continues to be busy with my speaking at two conferences - the GMB Conference in Bournemouth and the Northern Rocks Conference in Leeds.