I was at Goole Leisure Centre this Saturday to meet with MYPs (Members of the Youth Parliament) and would-be MYPs (I'm pictued with participants from East Yorkshire) from across Yorkshire and the Humber area. I was asked to speak to them about campaigning and what it is like trying to get elected. I started by reminding them that they should be giving lessons to me as they had actually sat in the House of Commons and taken part in a debate there, something I obviously haven't do...
It's been an NHS few days with news coming through that the campaign we have supported for a new NHS dentist in Snaith has moved a step forward. This has been a long campaign, with many people involved and much of the pressure for a new dentist coming from Snaith Town Council. Needless to say though the Labour MP has issued a quote which basically suggests it's all his doing. I wonder if there will be a photo of him to accompany this quote in the papers this week!
Another fantastic weekend on the doorstep where the results were once again very positive. All our polling has shown that the swing to the Conservatives in Brigg and Goole is much bigger than the national swing and we are certainly finding this on the doorstep.
A really busy few days here. On Friday I judged the Christmas Card competition at Brigg Primary School which was sponsored by HITS Brigg. The other judges included the Town Mayor of Brigg and Councillor Carl Sherwood. I judged the Year 1/2 card and presented the prize at a full assembly of the school. Great kids and great fun.
Myself and Cllr Liz Redfern were delighted to be guests of the Epworth Rural Day Centre last Wednesday for the group's Christmas Party. We had a great old time and were entertained with live music from local singer Carol Shipley as well as the Beltonians. Carol has a great voice and sang a good range of songs. The forties sing a long we enjoyed after lunch was also great fun. Credit must go to the dedicated volunteers who run this group, they provide an excellent local service.
I am on my way back from London today after attending the f40 conference. This organisation represents the local authorities who receive the lowest amounts of pupil funding from the Government. Both North Lincolnshire and East Yorkshire fall into this category. The government provides our local schools with millions less than they would get if we received the national average. Anyway, the conference was really interesting with some good speakers and I w...
I was pleased to welcome William Hague, the Shadow Foreign Secretary, as the guest speaking at a fundraising dinner last Thursday to raise money for the election campaigns in the Brigg and Goole and Cleethorpes constituencies.
As usual, it has been fairly crazy of late, so many invites to events and lots of people asking for home visits etc. Thank goodness it's the half term holidays and I'm off school. Today alone, I visited the Epworth Rural Day Centre, made two home visits and printed and arranged the stuffing of a 1000 or so targeted letters to residents on a number of issues.