My Diary Week Ending 11th February 2018.
It was good to join steelworkers and steel employers for a busy national steel conference last week. Meeting in Redcar where Sahaviriya Steel Industries Plc (SSI) closed just over two years ago it was a reminder of the very difficult times the industry has come through.
Steel communities like ours rose in solidarity to show their support for our key foundation industry at the height of the crisis. The latest Steel Minister spoke well ...and heard our consistent case to level the playing field by taking action on energy costs, procurement, support for capital investment and research and development, and action to prevent unfair dumping.
The conference was an opportunity to remind everyone of the need for effective action to ensure a sustainable future for UK steel.
Back home it was good to see the work that JobCentrePlus is doing giving information and advice to schools when I joined them on a visit to Demeter House School in Scawby. The students had loads of good questions for me.
It was a bit of a rehearsal for when I popped into Messingham Primary School to be energetically quizzed by the children about what I do. I had more questions to answer at the public meeting for Kirton residents, organised by the Kirton in LindseyTown Council. Kirton is not getting its fair share of investment or public transport support. The bus services to Scunthorpe and Gainsborough, Lincolnshire are both inadequate and too expensive.
For the significant housing development planned to be successful there needs to be a proper infrastructure plan for Kirton. The sort of plan I saw unfolding when I visited East London to see the work going on to create a strong creative Dance cluster in the area.
I also visited the Humberside Police control centre in Hessle to see how 999 and 101 calls from across our area are handled. It was humbling to see the intensity of work being done and the sheer professionalism of our police in dealing with the huge volume of calls they get. Every day armed police are deployed around Humberside to locations based on intelligence coming in on such calls.