Great to see the feelgood factor of England’s World Cup success

John Mann MP
John Mann MP

It has been a busy few weeks in both Westminster and Bassetlaw, writes Bassetlaw MP John Mann.

As I mentioned last week, the annual summer school was a huge success.

There were 48 students from schools across Bassetlaw who all benefitted from a week’s worth of experience that opened their eyes to the opportunities that are out there.

I hope all the students enjoyed the week and gained a lot of skills from the experience.

The organising has already begun for the 13th summer school in 2019.

Last Friday, the Governor of the Bank of England, Mark Carney visited Bassetlaw.

He spent the day with businesses, local trade unions and school students, who were able to question him on the economy, Brexit, interest rates and the next industrial revolution.

He began the day at the Laing O’Rourke site in Steetley, he travelled to Welbeck where he visited the School of Artisan Food and ended his afternoon at Retford Oaks Academy.

We all appreciated that someone with such a huge influence over Britain’s economy wanted to spend time in this area to hear what Bassetlaw people have to say.

I understand that more than five thousand people attended in Worksop Pride last Saturday.

This just shows that this has become a wonderful event that brings this community together and celebrates its diversity and strength.

I congratulate the organisers of Worksop Pride for co-ordinating a brilliant day.

Despite Wednesday night’s result it was great to see how England’s increasing success in the World Cup tournament has been celebrated all over the country.

From a very muted start, we’ve seen people singing ‘it’s coming home’, flags flying from cars and houses and seen a great feeling of excitement spread across the nation.

England manager Gareth Southgate has done a tremendous job building a cohesive team based on mutual co-operation and support.

These are strong values that we should all share in the lives we lead and the work we do.