On Monday I attended the APPG on post offices and was delighted to be able to share the news of the big investment in Coal Clough Post Office, Burnley.
Tuesday was a busy day. I went to the launch of a nationwide appeal looking at alternatives to killing badgers. The appeal is to support the vaccination of badgers, and eventually cattle, as a tool in the fight against bovine TB. It was good to see Brian May there who is a big supporter of this.
Some apprentices from Barclays, as part of our support for National Apprentice Week, came to video interview me. The purpose was to raise the profile of apprentices as an alternative to further education/university. It was great to meet these young people who love their jobs.
I was then back to Burnley for a council meeting. Sadly the council had demolished Glebe Street Community Centre the day before and thus the meeting was very fractious. Despite there being a lot of questions, there were very few answers.
On Thursday I spent a morning with Lyndsey, an RSPCA inspector and made five home calls to check the welfare of animals, mainly dogs. She was a committed individual looking out for the welfare of these animals and I hope the people we visited have listened to her instructions.
Due to it being National Library Week, I attended Coal Clough Library for story time and to visit the impressive place that offers a great facility to the community.
I then had an important meeting with the head of Wellfield School regarding free school meals and am now arranging a meeting with David Laws, the Education Minister.
On Friday, I went to the opening of the new new laboratory in the Technical Centre at Trafford College where Siemens is working with the college and students to deliver high-tech engineering courses. I was very impressed and was delighted to be there.
Friday was busy with constituent appointments and then a night at the 110 Club fund-raising £750 for the scanner appeal but that was topped up with extra donations which took it up to £1,100. It was made even better with Frank’s potato pie. Saturday’s stall outside M&S was cold but it was nice to see so many familiar faces.