Fishburn Primary School Summer Fair
There are lots of fairs on at this time of year and although I can’t get to all of them, it’s been nice to get along to a few of them over the last few weeks. I was particularly delighted to visit Fishburn Primary school’s summer fair. I first met the catering team who encourage children make healthy food choices. I watched some of the younger pupils perform a ballet routine. I also got a chance to speak to the head and some of the team at school. I was really impressed with the community spirit the school was fostering.
Durham Miners Gala
The Gala has been an annual date in my diary for as long as I can remember. It is an important event that celebrates county Durham’s coal mining heritage. I walked in this year with the Fishburn banner. My dad worked down Fishburn Colliery for over 25 years. I was particularly delighted to have Liz Kendal march with us. Liz is running to become the next leader of the Labour party so her visit was significant. She impressed many who met her with her modern approach to politics and easy-going and relaxed personality.
Launching EU Survey
ENCOURAGING engagement on the issue of the EU is to essential Britain’s future.
While politicians can debate and speculate, it is vital we listen to the opinions and concerns of those it will affect. This is why I have launched the first stage of an initiative seeking to do just this.
‘Sedgefield and the EU’ has been developed to open and support dialogue between myself and my constituency. We launched the scheme last week with a survey to around 200 businesses. We will also be going to out to seek views of community groups and the public sector. The first stage of the Sedgefield and the EU initiative is not about me stating whether we should, or shouldn’t remain in the EU, although I do believe we have more to gain from continued membership. It is about hearing from the people of Sedgefield on their opinions and concerns.
MP’s meet Bishop of Durham
Faith communities are an important ingredient for a thriving civil society. We have a number of faith groups in my constituency providing everything from food-banks, listening services, youth and children’s work, parent and toddler activities and housing support. It was great to be invited to a meeting with The Bishop of Durham and other MP’s from across the region. We were able to share candidly about our concerns for the region and also look at ideas at how the church can work more effectively to serve and meet the needs within their communities.
Launching Charity survey
“I believe in strong communities. The charity sector plays a significant role in building strong communities.
“I have launched a survey of local charities as I am keen to look at how I can support the sector better. It has never been more important to have people on the ground in our communities, providing activities and supporting those in need. We must therefore do all we can to protect these organisations and ensure they find sustainable ways of continuing the vital services they provide”