Well, what a weekend! Not only has Team GB had an emphatic start from Adam Peaty and Jazz Carlin in the chase for Olympic medals – but my former colleague and Shadow Chancellor, Ed Balls, is named as the first “celebrity” for Strictly!!!
His footwork was always pretty nifty as a politician so if that translates to the dancefloor we could be in for some star performances! Bring on your rumba Ed and sorry for the bit of photoshop work!
A number of concerned constituents have contacted me about the British Steel Pension Review and it’s good to know from them that they appreciate the active support I’ve been giving them in this matter. I’m pleased that the Chair of Trustees has said that bringing increases for pre April 1997 service up to the level of post April 1997 service would be a priority for the Trustees if and when the service is in a financial position to do so safely.
I’ve arranged for other MPs to join me at a local meeting with British Steel on 19th August. I’m delighted to see the British Steel logo displayed so prominently along Brigg Road – it instils a real sense of optimism for the future.
It’s great to see that the free swimming sessions for children during summer holidays, introduced by the Labour Council many years ago, are still continuing. It is good to see young people queueing up outside The PODS each morning and, you never know, we might have a budding Adam Peaty or Jazz Carlin in the making!
Also, I’m pleased to see that the Tory Council plans to relocate the Scunthorpe Museum have not come to pass and that they listened to the Labour Party’s objections that this brilliant local facility, which provides a fabulous range of activities throughout the year, has stayed put!
There are still some appointments available for my surgeries on the 12th, 17th and 19th of August at my Scunthorpe Office. Phone 01724 842000 if you have anything you would like to discuss with me.