Shortly before Parliament broke up for recess, I stood in Parliament to make sure I gave the residents of Grimsby the credit they deserve for all their hard work in the community.
I first took the opportunity to thank the plethora of wonderful youth services that make themselves available in Grimsby. Without crucial contributions from people like Neil Barber, host of the Grimsby Town Sports and Education Trust, and Wayne Bloy, supervisor of the boxing and fitness club Fusion Centre, Grimsby would not have anywhere near the services it provides today.
From a policy perspective, I also encouraged the government to properly fund a broad range of youth activities throughout the entire country to appeal to a wide range of young people of all incomes. Without funding, many youth centres are forced to close, and it is such a great shame to see such vital services leave our constituencies.
I next raised the issue of local constituent Becky Harrington, who has recently been campaigning to raise awareness for Cauda Equina syndrome. As a sufferer herself, she has now become a voluntary ambassador for the Cauda Equina UK charity, and deserves praise for her consistent hard work.
I finally moved on to local education, where I congratulated Grimsby Institute on being the only college in Lincolnshire to achieve ‘Outstanding’ status, and then to congratulate Peter Kennedy on his appointment as principal of Franklin College. I also thanked the previous principal, Trevor Wray, for his long-term commitment to raising awareness with regards to funding for further education.
These are just some of the many wonderful people that deserve praise in our constituency, and I look forward to working with all of them in September, when Parliament is sitting again.