It's been an unusual week of winning! As a Leicestershire Lad I was delighted with the Foxes premiership fairy-tale. Us Iron fans travelled to Sheffield in hope of our own fairy-tale end to the season by snatching the last playoff place in League 1. Despite an excellent performance winning 2.0 away from home it wasn't to be. Scunthorpe will have to settle for another season in the same division after Barnsley pipped us on goal difference.
Politically it's been a winning week too with Labour's Keith Hunter being elected Humberside Police and Crime Commissioner. And the Conservative Government has been indulging in a bonanza of welcome u-turns. Thankfully they've agreed to get back into talks with the BMA to look at ways forward that won't risk patient care. And their stubborn insistence that all schools must become academies has melted as they've accepted our argument that this isn't necessary to bring about school improvement.
As I pointed out this week, in the debate about school funding in London, there are far better things to spend the £1.3 billion on that they were going to spend on making all schools academies. I also spoke in the debate about NHS bursaries arguing that, at a time when hospitals like ours are struggling to recruit nurses, now is not the time to reduce the incentives to come into this and allied health professions. Let's hope they're listening on this one too!
Back in Scunthorpe we had another positive meeting of the Tata Task Force and I had a useful meeting with Golden Wonder who are continuing to invest in their Scunthorpe business.
Sue Maclean and the Ashby Funeral Care team had a poignant commemoration of the dreadful disaster at Hillsborough 27 years after the event. Many local Liverpool fans attended along with other people showing their solidarity and support to the family and friends of those affected.