My Diary Week Ending 3rd December 2017
My Diary Week Ending 3rd December 2017.
Last week saw the completion of my two local competitions. We had a fantastic celebration of the wonderful range of super small businesses and the people who work in them at my Small Business Saturday Awards.
It's clear local people love their cake! CeCe's Cakes won Champion Small Business and Cakes by Andrea won Great Customer Service. The Best Market Stall winner was Tutti Fruitiers so that shows we like eating great fruit and veg as well! It was also great to visit the fabulous Messingham Farm Shop & Cafe on Small Business Saturday - somewhere well worth a visit! I also began going round the schools that entered my Christmas card competition distributing prizes. This year was a snow filled winter wonderland as I popped into Scunthorpe Church of England (pictured top left) and St Augustine Webster School (pictured right) to meet so many wonderful children.
Sadly not everyone locally will be well catered for at Christmas so it was good to see how generous local people were in giving to the Scunthorpe Food Bank collection at Tesco's. I popped along to help for a bit and to thank the brilliant volunteers.
Thanks and Congratulations were also due to the Westcliff young lifestylers group (see picture below) who won the Youth Division Category for Lifestyle2017 (pictured bottom left) organised by Humberside Police.
And while we are on congratulations it was great to join so many ex-colleagues and friends to celebrate 50 years of John Leggott College - one of our local jewels in the crown.
I was also delighted with the success of the campaign I have supported since I was first elected in 2010 to retain Children's Heart Surgery in Leeds. A good outcome for all of us!
Defence Questions gave me the opportunity to praise our local air cadets 119 (Scunthorpe) Squadron who have reached the national finals for the RAF Youth Engineering Competition.
It was good to catch up with a couple of constituents visiting parliament. Kay had come to take part in an excellent awareness raising event for the Cystic Fibrosis Trust. And Geoffrey had finally caught up with me to brief me about the fabulous work his co-operative does in providing costumes to the stars - from Russian ballet to the West End to TV dramas like casualty.
Another visitor to Westminster I met up with was Jack Kerr (pictured right) - a campaigner like our own Lorna Fillingham for more Changing Places toilets. A very important campaign that needs to be successful as it will transform people's lives for the better.
And a week in Westminster wouldn't be complete without my standing up for steelworkers and steel pensioners! I called on the Government to put steel at the heart of their Industrial Strategy and get on with a sector deal for steel. After my lobbying, the Pensions Minister was able to confirm that the deadline has been put back by the BSPS Trustees till the 22nd December for the high-low pensioners by which time the Government's technical consultation will be complete and they should be able to confirm that they are getting rid of the anomaly in the PPF that would benefit high-lows before the end of the current BSPS scheme. This should mean that people have the information they need to make the very important decision they need to make about their future pension.