My Diary Week Ending 5th November 2017
Whilst Westminster whirls around in scandal and crisis I've been getting on with the job of doing my best for local people. On the bigger questions that are being asked I think there urgently needs to be a process everyone trusts, where people who have any concerns about the behaviour of others in Parliament can safely raise issues so they are properly investigated and appropriate action taken.
Having been in the Labour whips' office for many years now I seem to have managed a sheltered life with no application of any dark arts. And in terms of difficult personnel issues coming my way I had far more when I was John Leggott College Principal!.
Getting on with the job means continuing to stand up for Scunthorpe Market so I was happy to present the largest local petition I have ever seen in the UK House of Commons last week. To have got 19,000 signatures in just 4 weeks shows how much people value the market and ought to make the Conservative Council think again.
Ashby Market is very different taking place just once a week so it is good that the first week in its new location on the Broadway seems to have gone well. Many Ashby traders were always positive about the change though there were serious concerns about how the consultation was managed.
Markets are a great place for small businesses to start so I have been delighted by the range and volume of nominations for the fantastic small businesses we have locally as part of my Small Business Saturday UK Awards. Nominations have now closed so now the difficult job of shortlisting begins.
As well as the Federation of Small Businesses and the Admin Centre I am joined by last year's great winners - the The Crows Nest Barbers and Taylor's Family Butchers - to do the shortlisting this year. Small businesses grow in to larger businesses so it was good to meet up with the local business leaders when I met with the Hull and Humber Chamber this week. It was good to hear that business is doing pretty well though there was also quite a strong call for getting on with the process of leaving the EU in a way that takes away uncertainty.
Sadly that's not something that's going to happen any time soon! I also dropped into 2 Sisters Food Group to be updated on their work. They are having unannounced visits from their retail customers every day as well as visits from the Food Standards Agencyand North Lincolnshire Council. The visits have all gone well.
It was good to visit the Cancer Research UK labs near the Royal Marsden and see first-hand the world class research that is going on. As November is Pancreatic Cancer Awareness month I was very pleased to show my support for the pancreatic cancer charities by hosting an event in parliament. Finally after doing my first ever volunteering for Scunthorpe parkrun on Saturday I nipped across the road to the Scunthorpe Baptist Church who were hosting the Global Leadership Summit for the seventh time. Well done to everyone for making this happen.