Mark’s Column

MY WEEK IN WESMINSTER

I met this week with Lancashire’s new Chief Constable Andy Rhodes who knows Fylde very well, having served and lived here for a long time. We met to discuss a number of issues, not least the amount of work police officers are dedicating to people with mental health difficulties. The force has an entire team [...]

MY WEEK IN WESTMINSTER

This week I was delighted to see the announcement that we will get an extra 21,000 mental health professionals in the UK. It is part of a drive to ensure mental and physical illnesses are treated with parity and to better integrate treatment. The £1.3 billion investment will also help retain staff and attract new [...]

MY WEEK IN WESTMINSTER

This week I joined the All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) dealing with the WASPI women – those born in the 1950s who now find themselves in difficulties due to changes in pension age. I promised, when I met these ladies at Ansdell Library, when I invited them to Parliament, and when I met them on [...]

MY WEEK IN WESTMINSTER

The Queen’s Speech debate has still been the main order of business in Westminster, with the Government pressing forward its aims for the new Parliament. Brexit makes up eight of the 27 bills, notably its impact on areas such as farming and fishing, as well as immigration and trade. I was delighted to hear Theresa [...]

MY WEEK IN WESTMINSTER

This is my first column following my return as the Member of Parliament for Fylde – may I take this brief opportunity to thank once again my fellow residents for their support. It was humbling to receive almost 60 per cent of the vote. Like many of you, I was deeply shocked to see the [...]