Back in Westminster this week after recess

It is coming to the end of summer recess and it has been a busy one for me in Burnley.


I met Sue Crossley, from the Job Centre Plus, for an interesting meeting about changes at the Jobcentre. She thought it was important the MP’s office was updated with the changes and assured us the changeover would be explained thoroughly to customers. As ever, if anyone has any serious problems do come and see me in my Burnley office.

I visited the Lower Manor Lane area of Queensgate and discussed various issues with residents. I was committed to casework in the office one day and, in the evening, went to see a family in Lanehead who have set up a new group called KWADE – ‘Kids with Autism Demand Education.’ This is a very important and moving cause which has my full support.

I met the chief executive of the council, Steve Rumbelow, to catch up and attended a Mayoress’s Committee event at the 110 Club where they raised over £500 for the Mayor’s charity. It was a 40s themed event which was a lot of fun.

I was in the town centre which was very busy. In the afternoon I went to see Burnley play Manchester United. It was exciting to see the football team do our town proud by holding the mighty Manchester United to a goalless draw. In the evening I went to Greenhill Club to a race night to sponsor the TEAM RISE project which helps people with learning disabilities develop their own small businesses. I was more than happy to support such a worthy cause.

Finally, I was at Todmorden to watch Lowerhouse CC, in a nail-biting match, win the championship with next to the last ball of the match with the last two batters at the crease. The massed ranks of travelling supporters were very enthusiastic in their support, including me! I am sure the trip home on the double decker bus was very entertaining.

Back in Westminster this week I am unable to make a debate about puppy farming, but I am against this cruel practice and will continue to oppose it.