Mark’s Column

MY WEEK IN WESTMINSTER

This week I attended the official opening of the Lytham Windmill and Old Lifeboat House museums. The newly-refurbished museums are well worth taking the time to pay a visit and are a credit to the volunteers who have put their time and efforts into creating such high-quality attractions. In the Lifeboat House, a newly-restored historic [...]

MY WEEK IN WESTMINSTER

This week I was delighted to be asked to speak to Kirkham Rotary Club about my role as Member of Parliament for Fylde. It is an immense privilege to have been chosen to represent our area in the House of Commons and I never take my responsibilities lightly when ensuring the people of Fylde’s views [...]

MY WEEK IN WESTMINSTER

This week I have had various meetings in Parliament in the wake of my Westminster Hall debate on the state of British high streets. During the debate I spoke about the potential damage which could be caused to local shops by an over-proliferation of charity shops, particularly by major national chains. While I believe charity [...]

MY WEEK IN WESTMINSTER

This week I met with the clinical chief officer for Fylde and Wyre Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), Dr Tony Naughton, to discuss future health provision in St Annes. The meeting came about after the CCG revealed plans to move Poplar House Surgery into the nearby Durham Avenue Health Centre, as its building is no longer [...]

MY WEEK IN WESTMINSTER

The introduction of the new National Living Wage this week is one of the most significant innovations the government has introduced for British workers since coming to power. It means workers aged 25+ must be paid at least £7.20 an hour by law from now on. By 2020 that is forecast to rise to £9. [...]