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March 2016

Today I attended a workshop session based on employment, learning and skills hosted by Tees Valley Unlimited at Cavendish House in Teesdale.

The session looked at the great work already taking place in this area and also future plans to keep progressing as time moves forward.

Tomorrow there is another session taking place which will focus on economic development more widely.

Later on Thursday morning I will be attending a photo call at the fountains in the town centre to celebrate the Council winning a public sector award for the regeneration of Stockton High Street.

The National Urban Design Awards are held by the Urban Design Group and give recognition to outstanding projects.

On Friday morning I am very much looking forward to being a part of the opening of Cavotec at Teesside Industrial Estate. They specialise in a range of productions relating to the offshore and energy sectors and supply products that are used worldwide.
Over the weekend I will enjoy spending some quality time with my family.

Middlesbrough are once again playing under the glare of floodlights as they travel to West London to take on QPR. Former Boro hitman Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink is in the Loftus Road hotseat and is currently enjoying a steady run of form as the Rs are unbeaten in twelve games.

We are now in the final straight of the Championship season and the chance to bank 3 vital points will be massive, especially as our closest rivals Brighton and Burnley face off the day after on Saturday.

Monday will be a big day as we experience the first ever meeting of the Tees Valley Combined Authority following the agreement of the devolution deal.

It will take place at the wonderful Curve venue at Teesside University and I am sure that everyone will be raring to get started and get to work on making our area the best it can be.

Following this I will return to the Municipal Buildings in Stockton for my usual weekly catch-up meeting with Councillor Jim Beall, the Deputy Leader of the Council, and Neil Schneider, Chief Executive of the Council. Particularly following the first Combined Authority meeting, it’ll be important to get together and review how it went.

On Tuesday I will be visiting the Norton Park housing development again to take a look at how it is progressing. A lot of the properties now have people living in them and I think it is a fantastic place to live for residents of all ages.

Later on Tuesday I will be making my way to the Riverside for another Middlesbrough game – there are 8 in April! David Wagner’s Huddersfield Town are the visitors and it is the first of three home games in a row for Middlesbrough – an opportunity that they simply must make the most of!

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