My Diary Week Ending 19th November 2017
My Diary Week Ending 19th November 2017.
Well the excitingly named EU Withdrawal Bill finally got to the floor of the House of Commons for line by line debate of its clauses last week. It is scheduled for 8 days of 8 hours each protected time. This means long days and late nights, leading to two 10 o'clock finishes last week and one at midnight. The old hands remind us that there was a time when parliament would sit all though the night on such occasions. The sort of good old days that those with rose tinted glasses glimpsing the past probably want us to go back to!!!!
Whilst the Conservative Government postures at home it fails to make any real progress in the negotiations with the EU 27. No progress as far as I can see on EU nationals, the Irish border or the financial deal. And the clock is ticking. Meanwhile our disgrace of a Foreign Secretary chooses to be loose lipped and inaccurate making utterances that put the life of a British National in Iran in further jeopardy.
There's another The Baths Hall roadshow this week for people affected by the changes to British Steel pensions. I asked the Pensions Minister to give those pensioners termed high-lows clarity about how they will be treated in each scheme. I'm not sure he fully understood the urgency of this so I am following up with letters and conversations. People need the information now!
November is Pancreatic Cancer Awareness month and Thursday was World Pancreatic Cancer Day so it was appropriate that the All Party Group which I chair launched its report on progress on early diagnosis - Time For Speed - this week. It was good to see our steelworks lit up purple as a part of the tribute. Thank you British Steel!
I dropped in to North Lindsey College to speak to students and staff as part of their celebration of Parliament Week. And I managed to dash round most of the businesses shortlisted for my Small Business Saturday Awards before launching the online vote. It was a reminder of how many amazing people there are working locally and doing so many amazing things. If you haven't voted yet please take a moment to by going to www.nicdakin.com
I joined up with the Deputy Mayor of North Lincolnshire to help judge the very first Bangladesh Welfare Association Indian Curry Awards held at the Jaaz Pavilion in Messingham. The dishes served up were truly inspirational and a testament to the great culinary talent we have locally. More talent was on display at the Diwali celebrations held in St Bernadette's Parish Centre raising money for the Scunthorpe Maternity Bereavement Suite. Amazing Indian dancers!
I also found time to catch up with Humberside Fire & Rescue Service's Chief Fire Officer, touch base with our excellent local Scunthorpe & District Mind group and pop into OnMarketing to learn about the groundbreaking work they are doing on e-safety. Finally I had a very busy Bottesford, North Lincolnshire surgery covering the state of the roads, litter and issues with the health service.