Caroline Flint put her safety in the capable hands of Sea Cadet cox Katie Rae Duffield this week, as she cast off with the Thorne Sea Cadets to experience their training and rescue manoeuvres on Thorne canal.
The MP attended one of the twice weekly meetings of the 47-strong cadet group, led by Petty Officer Dave Redmile, and heard about their plans for a new building.
Caroline Flint and Thorne councillors Susan Durant and Mark Houlbrook brushed up on their science this week, when the visited the science day at Brooke Primary School in Thorne.
The MP and councillors dropped into science lessons, which were being organised throughout the school, before meeting the school council.
Read my article on bank closures for the Yorkshire Post here.
As the argument over bank closures resurfaced in Parliament, two glimmers of hope appeared. One from RBS and one from the Government.
Read my speech in the Commons debate on Community Bank Closures
Caroline Flint (Don Valley) (Lab)
I am sure that we all heed your words, Madam Deputy Speaker, and thank you for your consideration this afternoon. I congratulate my hon. Friend the Member for Stoke-on-Trent North (Ruth Smeeth) and the hon. Member for Hazel Grove (Mr Wragg) on securing the debate.
During a debate on community banking, the MP addressed RBS bosses, saying: “Please do not patronise me with offers to meet a ‘senior representative’ when you refuse to provide any information which may demonstrate that small businesses, pensioners or the community generally may need the services provided in the Thorne and Bawtry branches more than you care to admit.”
Don Valley MP Caroline Flint has challenged Prime Minister Theresa May over communities left behind by bank branch closures.
The MP reminded Mrs May that in June she had told the Commons she wanted “no one and no community left behind”.
Caroline Flint is to raise the proposed closure of two NatWest branches with the Minister.
“The closure of NatWest in Bawtry leaves this town with no bank branch; and Thorne is reduced to two branches. I have no confidence in the Government’s protocol on branch closures to stop the tide of local branches disappearing from our small towns.