It was certainly a surprise to see the new, temporary road layout in Market Place on Friday as work continues in earnest to enhance it and create a new space. My office has kept in close contact with the site managers to ensure there is a quick resolution to any problem, but, thankfully, so far there have been very few concerns raised.

Last Friday I was pleased to visit Naomi House and Jacksplace to see the huge effort which has been put into designing a home for families of children who have life threatening and life limiting illnesses. Whilst it is dreadful for any child or their family to face such a situation, the atmosphere within the centre makes it a truly special place.

This week is Cervical Cancer Prevention Week and I was encouraged to see the Prime Minister and other MPs speaking about their experiences in undergoing smear tests in the House of Commons.

There is often something of a stigma about discussing this subject, however undergoing an uncomfortable few minutes in a GP surgery can often be lifesaving. I encourage all women who are over 25 to have this simple and fast test.

This weekend also sees Holocaust Memorial Day. It is a particularly important time to reflect on the anti-Semitism which appears to have become more prevalent with an increasing number of far-right and far-left organisations in the public sphere. Let us not forget the terrible impact such views have had in the past.