After all the political turmoil and upheaval in the wake of the Brexit decision our wonderful Olympians have given us something to cheer about and brightened up our summer. It is an amazing achievement to see Team GB second in the medal tables. Well done to everyone involved! And congratulations to students getting their GCSE results today and those students last week for their A level and BTEC results. These are medal winning performances to cheer locally. Our students’ coaches - teachers and support staff as well as family and friends - deserve congratulations too. Winning is infectious. I was delighted to take my Australian brother-in-Law to see Scunthorpe United trounce Gillingham 5.0. They are having a fantastic start to the season. He was so impressed he's renamed himself Aussie Iron!
The recess has given me time to spend alongside local organisations. It's been good to visit local businesses like British Steel, Youth Engineering Scunthorpe and Brigg Renewable Energy Plant and hear of their different winning ways. The steelworks is in profit again but keen to do even better, the Plant at Scawby Brook is a multi million pound investment in the area with and Youth Engineering is having success as a business not only committed to making money but also retraining young people who have been out of work. Each business in its own way is breaking new ground; evidence of the enterprise and energy of local people. It was also good to catch up with the Federation of Small Businesses who were keen to make clear the importance to them of the UK remaining part of the single market and having access to the free movement of labour! A reminder of how challenging the Brexit negotiations are going to be. I met Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust at their fantastic at Far Ings Reserve in Barton. They were concerned that environmental issues could drop down the agenda but they also saw some opportunities in moving away from the Common Agricultural Policy and creating a British Policy better tailored to the needs of our countryside.
If ensuring there is a positive future for the steel industry remains my number one political priority a close second is ensuring our health service delivers the very best outcomes for local people. So it's been very rewarding spending time with some of the fantastic people who work in our local NHS. I spent a half day learning more about the work of one of our largest GP practices - Ancora Medical Practice. I also visited Lindsey Lodge to learn more about the fantastic work they do. And I went to see how the Neuro Rehabilitation Service in Goole that serves our area is developing. As always regular conversations with the Clinical Commissioning Group and the Hospital Trust are focused on what they are doing to tackle the issues around performance locally. Finally I was pleased to join the local Pancreatic Cancer Action group on their stall in Scunthorpe Market – a great way to raise awareness about pancreatic cancer as well as raising a bit of money for a good cause.