My Diary Week Ending 10th June 2018
In a week of highlights seeing a Scunthorpe beer in the Parliament's legendary Strangers' Bar made me very proud. East Butterwick's Dog and Gun hosts the Dark Tribe brewery and is making a bit of a name for itself as a place to go for food as well so it was fantastic to show off their excellent tipple.
It's been Business Week in the Humber so I was delighted to open the annual Business Expo - a celebration of fantastic businesses across the region and a fabulous opportunity to network. University of Hull hosted an excellent Business Dinner; another opportunity to catch up with the world class work being done across our area.
Evidence that businesses are continuing to invest locally was underlined when I caught up with Centrica in Scawby Brook and looked round their multi million pound investment in a new generator. State of the art, it can get onto the grid in 2 minutes so will be an essential part of our future energy mix.
It was lovely to join children, staff and friends for the opening of Bottesford Junior School's Outdoor Learning Area (See picture above with Phil Brown (Headteacher)). Such excitement and a reminder that some of the best learning takes place outside of formal classrooms.
I was also impressed as I went round Huntcliff School - Kirton and St Bede's on the day their students were doing the second GCSE Maths paper. Yes this good weather is at the height of the exam season and we should all have a thought for those toiling away to do their best in this year's GCSEs, A levels and other exams.
Back in parliament I had a busy week urging the Trade Secretary to take robust action in defence of UK British Steel, calling on the Work and Pensions Secretary to examine why so many PIP assessments are wrong and pointing out to the Justice Secretary that closing our Magistrates and Family Court is impacting negatively on our area.
Finally I led a debate on the awful humanitarian disaster taking place in the world's youngest nation South Sudan. After all of that I was ready for the sunshine, park run and spot of gardening at the weekend!