There is huge shock across the world at the outrage and murder on the streets of Paris. The horror of decent humanity at this incomprehensible attack on our freedoms is clear. At Scawby Civic Service we paused to remember those caught up in these events and show support for all those working together to keep us safe and secure in a world where fanatical radicalism poses dangers to us all.
Solidarity has been the watchword of this week with thousands turning out to support steelworkers and their families in the march from Church Square to the Civic Centre. It was humbling to see people coming out of their houses, shops and businesses to applaud the marchers. Cars, Buses and police vehicles papped their horns to show support. In the speeches to the crowd outside the Civic Centre the well rehearsed arguments about energy costs, business rates, procurement and Chinese dumping were made again and again. Hopefully the government is listening and will act before it is too late. I will lead a cross-party delegation of northern Lincolnshire MPs to meet the Prime Minister in the next couple of weeks to press our case for Scunthorpe Steel.
I was reminded of how much we can achieve when we work together when I met with the Humber Nature Partnership which draws industry and environment together to ensure our estuary is managed to best effect for both development and preservation. Another example of how working together can improve our environment was on show when I joined Melior Academy Eco-Prefects and Living Streets who are doing work on how to improve safe walking routes to school - exactly the sort of project that makes a huge difference to people's lives.
The Scunthorpe Community Supermarket on Exmoor Road is worth a visit. I popped in to see them donating food to the New Life Church's Open House project that gives support to homeless people locally. My hardest job of the week though was judging the Macmillan cake competition at Bridgewater Park Care Home.
Finally it's important to make sure that your friends and family are registered to vote before the end of November as those figures will be used as to decide the level of resources that come to us locally from central government. If people aren't sure whether they are registered they can go to www.gov.uk/register-to-vote or telephone North Lincs Council on 01724 296245.
There's a by-election in Oldham where Cllr Mick Grant and I went across to provide support on a very wet day indeed. I think we are both still drying out!