Parliament is not only a legislature but also a focus for people to gather to campaign on issues or to celebrate achievements. And last week was a week when local people came to Westminster.
Zack Feve was recognised for his heroism in using his first aid expertise to save a friend's life. Zack is a local cadet who was shortlisted for the Red Cross Humanitarian Award. It was great to catch up with him and learn about his cool, calm action under pressure.
Local builder Martin Hind was down with his colleagues to celebrate the work that the Construction Industry Training Board does on training apprenticeships. An opportunity for me to hear more about how this fantastic local business is getting work across the country.
I also caught up with Richard Judd who was being recognised by Carers UK for the great work that he has done promoting and supporting carers, after being a carer for his mother for many years. He was able to tell me more about the work that the Brigg Carers' Group are doing supported by North Lincolnshire Council.
It was great to be joined by Maggie Watts for the All Party Parliamentary Group on Pancreatic Cancer's reception. Maggie is a great campaigner locally and nationally. It's because of her that I have found myself leading the APPG and spending a significant amount of time campaigning for a better deal for pancreatic cancer patients. As a result I meet pharmaceutical companies, other cancer charities and patient groups learning more about what needs to be done to up our game in getting better outcomes for cancer patients. This is why I found myself at a round table discussing the terrible outcomes for Lung Cancer patients that could be avoided with better early diagnosis.
This week I will meet local firefighters who are coming down to lobby Parliament for better support for them and their work. Local people visit parliament all the time for all sorts of reasons. It's a fabulous place. Often people come to look round the splendid Palace of Westminster; the wonderful World Heritage site in which the deliberations of our parliament takes place.
Any constituent can book a guided tour through the parliamentary visits department or contact my office by email to: email@example.com and we will do our best to help.
Other stuff going on last week was the Autumn Statement in which we learnt that the Office for Budget Responsibility estimated that the UK will be £59 billion worse off as a result of leaving the EU. These big numbers are impossible for me to understand!!!