However, before I left I did have time to go down to the BBC studios at Milbank to do a live interview with Peter Levy on Look North to discuss local skills and education.
The train journey home is always a risky affair as I am never quite sure whether the East Coast train is going to get in to Doncaster on time so I can make my connection for the train to Goole. This week I managed to get a seat and also make my connection with seconds to spare!
I have had a varied week including a visit by the Children’s Minister to Brigg, meeting with candidates standing to be the Youth Mayor in North Lincolnshire and a trip to speak to the Gainsborough Conservative Association. On Saturday I popped in to the wind farm exhibition for the proposed Goole Field 2 wind farm. Yet another wind farm that will be visible from the Isle. I support renewable energy but the time has come to ask whether or not we should be allowing quite so many on-shore wind farms.
On Monday I returned to Parliament. Wednesday is the Budget. I’m hoping the Chancellor raises the personal tax allowance threshold and does something on fuel! I’ve had lots of e-mails on fuel, the most on any subject in recent months.
This morning though was a particular pleasure as the joint Houses of Parliament were addressed by HM the Queen. Having never met the Queen before I have to admit I was a little star struck when I was introduced to her after the address. As I watched her engage people in conversation it is easy to forget she is 85. My brush with royalty didn’t end there though as the Queen placed her drink on the table I was standing at. I can reveal exclusively to the Bells that Her Majesty’s tipple is a Pimms. Or at least I think it is …