The highlight of last week was the meeting of Humber MPs cross party with the Environment Minister to press for enough investment on flood defences in our area to protect people from the sort of event that happened in 2013 when the tidal surge hit us.
Everybody recognises that we can't prevent extreme weather events but we can reduce the risk from them. It was good to have government and the Environment Agency in the same room! I came away feeling pretty positive. Everyone recognised the unique strategic importance of the Humber estuary and the need to have robust flood defences in place, wherever the water comes from. There was a commitment from government to find the necessary investment and from the Environment Agency to use it wisely and effectively.
As MPs we won't relax on this one though. We will continue to keep a close eye on things by regularly following up what's going on.
And persistence and follow up is the name of the game in steel with me asking two more questions of Ministers this week. Why can Google get away with paying so little tax whilst the Tory Government drags its feet in reforming business rates to level the playing field for steel. And when will the change in procurement guidelines begun to have an impact so that we buy our new rail rolling stock from the UK (with UK steel in it) rather than Spain?
The meeting of the All Party Group heard from steel employers that the situation remains 'grave and urgent'. At Education Questions I raised again the crisis in teacher supply that the government is burying its head in the sand over.
In Scunthorpe I met more retailers and spoke to the Council about the policing situation in the Town Centre. There is general agreement that Humberside Police needs to up its game. I am meeting the Assistant Chief Constable on Friday so if there is anything in particular you feel I should raise do let me know.
The Election of a new Police and Crime Commissioner in May will be a good focus for discussions about how the police are performing. It was good to participate in the local Labour Party's nomination for our candidate.
It was great to be back in a busy Scunthorpe town centre to see the Crookes play a packed and vibrant Cafe Indie on Saturday night.