My Diary Week Ending 22nd October 2017
It's been a busy week of good stuff! I launched my Small Business Saturday competition and we already have over 100 nominations. This is an opportunity to celebrate the fantastic contribution our small businesses make to the local economy and local community. As well as the Champion Small Business and Great Customer Service categories I am having a special award this year for the Best Market Stall. Why not go on line and nominate your fa...vourite businesses at www.nicdakin.com
The response of our community to the threat to Scunthorpe Market has been fantastic with around 19,000 people signing the petition in just 4 weeks asking the Tory Council think again. Our businesses also need to make the best of local talent. So it was great to join a multitude of local employers at an inspiring ThisAbility event held at Glanford Park. This showed how people with disabilities can make a huge contribution in the workplace and was quite inspirational. People were still buzzing about it the next day when I bumped into them at an equally inspiring Women Into Manufacturing and Engineering event held at the Humber UTC.
Inspiration was the name of the game at St Hugh's SEN School where students were being presented with some fabulous books to read over the coming half term. And I have nothing but the biggest admiration for the inspiring people at the Neuro Rehabilitation Centre based in Goole who transform the lives of local people who suffer brain injury. It was good to join them for their celebration. They perform miracles as do Small Miracles Pre-School who I dropped in to see their fantastic new extension.
In Westminster I was involved in a Mindfulness conference for parliamentarians across the world. It is good to learn more about the way this practice is helping in health, education and justice. Other stuff this week included another Steel All Party Group meeting, chairing a round table on the treatment of eczema, taking part in a discussion about T levels, dropping in to yet another Macmillan Cancer Support Coffee Morning (this time in the House of Commons!), and catching up with local champions of Initial Teacher Training.
It was also good to catch up with University of Lincoln students on a day in which Labour won a by-election on the City Council. I'm really proud of my colleagues Chris Bryant MP and Holly Lynch MP whose campaigning has seen the Assault on Emergency Workers private member's bill progress to the next stage. It's important the people who put themselves on the front line to protect us are protected themselves.
Finally on that note of protection your local community pharmacy can give you a flu vaccine to protect you this winter. Whitworth Chemists Scunthorpe at Brumby Corner administered the jab to me at the end of Friday (see picture) and apart from a slightly sore arm I've had no reaction. So I should be fighting fit this Winter!!!