My Diary Week Ending 11th March 2018
I began the week asking the Prime Minister to Stand UP For Steel and stand up for British interests as the US President threatens a world trade war by slapping punitive tariffs on steel. Her reply did not give me confidence that the UK Government will act as strongly as the EU already has to show the Americans we are not a push over. I ended the week urging the Government to act on this issue.
I begin this new week looking for action on behalf of UK steelmakers and steelworkers. It is only 2 years since the height of the steel crisis and under the banner of British Steel Scunthorpe Works is now doing quite well. The last thing we need is a trade war. It never benefits anyone. The last time the US did this, back in 2002, it cost them 200,000 US jobs according to US commentators and they were humiliated when the EU won the case against them at the World Trade Organisation and they had to back down. It would be better to avoid all that grief and the US to see sense now. Anyway, rest assured, I will continue to pressure our Government to act in our interests.
Locally my campaign to do something about the terrible state of our roads and pavements has had a good response from local people and I think that the Conservative Council is finally waking up to the need to do something. They need to do a good job though not just sloppy patching that ends up costing money and not being effective.
They also need to wake up to how important our traditional Scunthorpe Market is and start working constructively with traders and customers to invest in its future. I saw how fantastic and effective our local firefighters are when I joined the watch for a morning. They are an extremely focused, highly trained professionals. We owe them a huge debt for the work they do on our behalf, keeping us safe and helping us out in the most difficult of circumstances.
It was great to be with the North Lindsey Team in national apprenticeship week for their amazing Apprenticeship Awards Celebration. Well done to staff, employers, parents and, of course, the apprentices themselves.
I was pleased to join so many local people queuing up to donate blood at The Pods. Blood stocks are low so every donation counts and the blood donors team have been working long hours on our behalf.
Another group of people who work really hard are the volunteers who run Scunthorpe parkrun. Having had to cancel the first one ever last week due to the extreme weather conditions they were back out again this Saturday.