A special gritter lorry, backing teachers, and negotiations with Barnier
As the Autumn nights get colder and darker, it will not be long until we see gritter lorries out on our roads. There will be a new addition to the fleet serving our local area this year named after a brilliant charity called Scotty’s Little Soldiers which some of you will know. It is a local military charity that supports bereaved British Forces children and is named after Corporal Lee Scott, who lost his life whilst serving our country in Afghanistan. Lee was born and raised in Fenland. I was pleased to help with a request to get a new gritter lorry named in his honour, so do look out for it when you see them next out on the roads and give it a wave.
Earlier this month was ‘World Teacher Day’ and like most people I would not be able to have the career I have without the dedication of teachers. So I want to take this opportunity to pay tribute to the fantastic teachers who work in North East Cambridgeshire. The impact teachers have on young people is lasting, as I see first hand from my own two young children.
We are prioritising support for schools in Government, and locally I am working with the national Education Opportunity Area scheme which we secured last year. It is one of just twelve in the country so it is a jewel in the crown for raising standards in our area.
In my role as Brexit Secretary I have been involved in detailed negotiations across a range of European capitals from, Copenhagen and Helsinki to Madrid and Warsaw, as we try to secure a deal. Most people locally tell me they want Parliament to get on with it, as many MPs promised. I agree and will do everything possible to get Brexit done so that we can focus on our NHS, extra police officers, and levelling up investment in the Fens.
At home, our dog helps put Brexit in context. He seems more interested in a walk than my updates on the backstop. I think he may be right.