Inspiring morning at Anglia Ruskin University giving graduation certificates to the 15 to 17 year olds who completed national citizens service this year. Over 700 young people took part in the program in Essex, which involves volunteer work, charity fundraising and team challenges. What a great group of teenagers and very proud parents.
In Moulsham Street for a very beautiful service to commemorate the Battle of Britain. Over 350 pilots died defending our skies. After the service we are treated to a full march by and military band by the RAF air cadets and veterans. I have a chance to learn about what the cadet program involves and, yet again, find myself most impressed by the young volunteers.
It's party conference season so the House of Commons is not sitting this week. I join a group from King Edward's grammar school who have come to visit parliament. There are more and more students choosing to take the Government and Politics A-Level and they ask some very insightful questions. Spend a long day catching up on emails and post.
Early start with the representatives of Mid-Essex businesses. We discuss infrastructure, taxation and security matters. I'm pleased to tell them that there is to be increased policing in the City Centre.
Join City Councillor Bob Massey for a tour behind the scenes in our city Parks. Fourteen of the parks have the converted "Green Flag" award and they are beautifully maintained. learn about the huge amount of work that goes on throughout the year to keep them looking so good. We owe a huge thank you to the park staff and volunteers. also discuss the issues the park staff have faced after recent incidents with travellers. There is going to be a debate in Parliament on this when we start back after recess.
After the parks visit, this is the day for seeing our leisure facilities. I meet the team at the Riverside Centre who are managing a massive new £21.6 million building project. This will bring brand new pools and gym facilities.
In Melbourne I hear about the huge amount that is going on at the Sport and Athletics Centre, and see some of the busy after school clubs. The Centre is used as a regional base for many events and activities but I'm also impressed by how many local people use the gym and other facilities.
It's my 50th birthday so I've planned a couple of days off. Anglia Ruskin release the news that they have passed the GMC approval to open a new medical school training doctors in Chelmsford. This is a first for Essex and the first of a new generation of medical schools across the country. It's excellent news for our local medical services too - what a top present!