The last week has been busier than ever so here are just a few of the things I have been working at in the past 7 days.
Last Monday saw the Environment Agency consultation meeting take place at the Leisure Centre in Goole. The event was the opportunity to comment on their flood management plans for the Rivers Trent, Aire, Ouse and Don. We've worked quite hard to force the Environment Agency to revise their original proposals. I spent a couple of hours at the event in the afternoon and then popped back again in the evening. It was like been in a room full of friends, I had so many people stop me to thank me for working so hard on the issue.
Gunness Womens Institute
After attending the Hull and Goole Port Health Authority in the afternoon, I went to Gunness last Wednesday evening to talk to the Gunness WI. I gave them a 30-40 minute talk about my time working in US politics. They seemed to really enjoy it and Im told they had a better than normal turnout! They were a cracking bunch and I look forward to going back again.
I also met with BT at their offices in Sheffield last week to discuss the issue of rural broadband. Basically, many parts of our area are not getting the service they should be and I am grateful to the large number of residents who provided me with examples to put to BT. There is a lot more work to be done on this but this was a productive first meeting. I shall be following ithis issue up in the coming weeks and months.
I know the national polls seem to be narrowing but we just don't find that reflected on the doorstep or in our local surveys. We've just done a big direct mail survey in Goole to which we had a great response: our best yet. This past weekend we had three big teams out on the doorsteps where again everyone kept telling us they wanted rid of Brown. I'm pictured with the team that set to work in Haxey and Westwoodside.