I started the week by visiting the Sitlington Parish Council. During my meeting with Chairman Margaret, and clerks Sue and Julie, we discussed the newly acquired grant for the Netherton Village Hall play area. I believe it is important to give children more opportunity for outdoor activities to develop their social and teamwork skills, and also improve their wellbeing from a very young age.

On Wednesday, during Wakefield Council full council meeting, we debated the current status of the children’s service provision of Wakefield following the OFSTED visit in May. I agree with Councillor Ahmed that despite the team effort, the “impact of planned actions is too slow”. Councillor Box accused Wakefield Express of inaccurate reporting. However, I stand with the paper for the freedom of press, and the accurate and verifiable coverage of this important matter.

The following day I attended an interfaith “Meal of Hope”. I enjoyed a wonderful meal with new friends and I hope to see more of this cohesive community in Yorkshire.

Friday was the Chamber of Commerce Wakefield Economic Update at OE Electrics, which marked the end of Wakefield Business Week, 2019. It was encouraging to see private and public service businesses coming together to discuss the future development plans of the district. I made sure my opinion was heard regarding our public transport. The funds should not be wasted on HS2 before our local bus services have been fixed. On the same evening I attended the “Children of Achievement, 2019” event at Wakefield Cathedral. The ten winners are all a source of pride for our district. I sat with two of the award winners on a table. Our future lies in this generation and their endeavours.