It's been a big bone of contention for a long while that our area hasn't had access to local digital radio. So I was delighted that digital switch on came to Cafe Indie on Friday with Radio Humberside's David Burns Show broadcast live from Scunthorpe. About time too!!!! It was great to be with Burnsy and regular Scunthorpe contributor Meg to press the big green button that switched on digital local radio for 75,000 local people. Yippee!
Scunthorpe United fans have long felt ill treated with being unable to access digital. In celebration the Iron treated us to a goal fest in the first half at Glanford Park which saw us 4.0 up at half time. 'We are top of the League!' was still the chant at the end of the day when Scunthorpe ran in 4.1 winners over Swindon.
Power and switching things on is very much the way of life for ESM Power a local company listed 13th in the Times Virgin list of fastest growing businesses. And when I visited their amazingly positive staff team I could see exactly why they are doing so well.
More equipment and power is being installed at 2 Sisters Food as they get ready for their significant expansion. I was joined by North Lincolnshire's Head of Economic Growth and the District Manager of Job Centre Plus to see what more could be done working with the company to maximise the job opportunities for local people from their expansion. There was a lot of positive feeling in the meeting.
Another person I met last week who is very positive was the entertainer Ruby Wax who is an ambassador for mindfulness. She was interested in learning more about what the All Party Group on Mindfulness has been doing in parliament and was very interested in the work being done in a number of schools and colleges.
With November being Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month I'm really pleased that the Leader of North Lincolnshire Council has responded positively to my request and has confirmed the council will be turning some of its buildings purple this year to promote greater awareness. As Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group I've been asked to be one of the chief voices of the campaign this year. Last week I chaired a significant round table of experts to discuss the findings of research by Pancreatic Cancer Action into inequalities in patient access to diagnosis and treatment both across the UK and internationally. There is much that can be learnt from this so that all parts the UK can aspire to the best.