Mark’s Column

MY WEEK IN WESTMINSTER

Last week I attended the World Cancer Day briefing held in Westminster. At the event I was delighted to meet with Cancer Research UK ambassador Clive Barley, from Lytham, who spoke passionately about the Cross Cancer Out campaign that aims to bring forward the day that all cancers are cured through early diagnosis and access [...]

MY WEEK IN WESTMINSTER

THIS week I signed a Book of Commitment in the House of Commons for Holocaust Memorial Day which this year takes place on January 27, the 70th anniversary of the liberation of the Auschwitz-Birkenau Concentration Camp. Sadly, some of the deeply unsettling issues from that time are still present today, as we have seen from [...]

MY WEEK IN WESTMINSTER

THIS week, I like most people have been watching the shocking news coverage of events in Paris. As these attacks show, countries which stand for the values of democracy, freedom of expression and tolerance face a very real threat. When security agencies tell us that the threat is now more severe than at any time [...]

MY WEEK IN WESTMINSTER

This week I was, like most readers, celebrating a fantastic Christmas with family and friends in Fylde. I took my mother and a group of friends to the Hand and Dagger in Salwick and we had our festive lunch served by the landlord Martin’s hard-working staff. However, it is sometimes easy to forget that while [...]

MY WEEK IN WESTMINSTER

This week I was delighted to be asked to present the awards to a group of young people who had taken part in Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service’s Kirkham Prince’s Trust scheme. The Prince’s Trust offers young people, many of who have had a challenging start in life, the opportunity to gain confidence and skills [...]