I am pleased to continue support for local Women Against State Pension Inequality Waspi. Nationally, there are moves to support the use of a Labour Party Opposition Day Debate in the House of Commons to consider WASPI and to force a vote on the issue – this will put more pressure on the Government who will not want to face an embarrassing first defeat in the new Parliament.
I am keen to hear from you on what you think my priorities should be as we start this new Parliament. Any suggestions you have are welcome so that together we can make a difference locally.
The things that seem most pressing to me at the moment are listed below. I am keen to hear your views on these issues or anything else you think I should be focusing on.
Scunthorpe Hospital and our local health services
Battling for steel and other local businesses
A fair pension deal for 1950s born women
Scunthorpe Town Centre
Fair funding for our schools, colleges and nurseries
To learn more about my thoughts and to let me know what you think visit my website: have_your_say
The Dog’s Trust continue with an effective campaign regarding ‘puppy smuggling’, which many local residents have contacted me about.
The campaign seeks to tackle the abuse of the current pet travel legislation and the number of undeclared dogs entering Great Britain every day, abusing the present Pet Travel Scheme (PETS).
These puppies are often underage, with fraudulent veterinary records and transported for days in unsuitable conditions only to be sold via online adverts to unsuspecting members of the public.
The Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA) are heading up their campaign entitled ‘Please Keep Our Pubs Afloat’ seeking to address pub and job losses by looking at a freeze on beer duty for the lifetime of the present government and for business rate relief for pubs.
On a more local theme, I was presented with a petition by North Lincolnshire’s Councillor Tony Gosling (Member for Kingsway with Lincoln Gardens) signed by members right across the Scunthorpe Constituency regarding the Council’s intention to remove the moat surrounding The Pods Leisure Centre.
Petitioners point out that The Pods Moat compliments Scunthorpe Central Park and the Appleby Frodingham Works Sports Complex creating “a pleasing and relaxing ambience to the whole area” and as such the moat should be retained and maintained to satisfactory wild life and environmentally standard.
I was happy to support the petitioners’ initiative and therefore made my own representation to North Lincolnshire Council in addition.