I met today with members of the Newcastle Weekly Blind Social Club at their regular meeting, in Silverdale. Thank you very much to Elizabeth Glover for inviting me to come and join the meeting of the Queen's Award-winning social club.
I invited Robert Jenrick, Communities and Local Government Minister, to meet me in the town centre today to show him how we would use Government investment to help shops, market stalls and businesses thrive in Newcastle.
In September Boris Johnson and the Conservatives announced 100 towns that will receive extra funding to level up opportunities across the country and ensure places like Newcastle can look towards the future with renewed optimism.
I spent this morning with Lilian Barker MBE at the fabulous and Queen’s Award-winning One Stop Shop that she runs in Chesterton with a team of dedicated volunteers. Lilian herself first set up the shop in 2001 - it has been a true labour of love!
Today I met with Silverdale campaigner Derrick Huckfield and leader of the council Simon Tagg to discuss the issues local residents have been having with the very bad smell emanating from the Silverdale landfill site at Walley's Quarry.