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Friday 29 October

My week began with a briefing from the Council's Assistant Director of Children Social Care, Rhona Bollands. This was focused on the Hartlepool and Stockton-on-Tees Safeguarding Children Partnership (HSSCP) ahead of further discussions later in the day.

On Monday I also caught up with our Deputy Leader, Councillor Jim Beall, and Managing Director, Julie Danks, on a range of Council-related updates.

It was interesting to get an update from our Director of Town Centre Investments, Richard McGuckin, on all things town centres in the Borough. Councillor Beall and Julie Danks were also in attendance.

On Tuesday I joined a Members' briefing, which was held remotely. There were a few items on the agenda, including the national changes to Public Health and digital transformation.

I took some time with representatives from Catalyst at Cowpen Depot on Thursday as part of work to promote the Stockton Food Power Network. You can keep an eye out for more on the Food Power Network via the Council's news pages in the coming weeks.

Today I have taken advantage of a quieter day in the diary to catch-up with some important Council paperwork.

At the weekend I am looking forward to seeing how Middlesbrough get on in their game against Birmingham City. Three wins on the bounce has seen Boro shoot up the table into sixth position - but remarkably just one point separates Neil Warnock's side and Blackburn in 12th. Another win would be great to cement Boro's place near the top of the league