It was great to see the fantastic support for steelworkers and their families on display at Glanford Park as the Iron recorded a good win, knocking Southend United out of the Cup and moving into the next round.
As I laid my poppy wreath along with others from across our community it was time to pause and think of the sacrifice and service that those from our area – the Ironstone area – have made to keep the rest of us safe and secure. I reflected on how easy it was for me to exchange ideas with German MPs on my visit to Berlin this week and how this is a peace that we now take for granted but was hard won. The German MPs were very concerned about how to manage the refugee crisis in Europe and were very anxious about the outcome of the UK’s referendum on membership. They value the UK’s role in Europe and fear that a Brexit will result in greater problems for everyone.
All these things are connected, with the quality of leadership making a real difference to how such challenges are handled. So I was pleased to join delegates to the Global Leadership Summit held at Scunthorpe Baptist Church – always a great local event that attracts people from afar.
I spoke at a similar summit, held at the Royal Society of Arts, giving my perspective on Labour’s vision for education.
Finally I was pleased to join Pancreatic Cancer Action in a show of strength outside the Department of Health on the day that abraxane was de-listed for patients.