Mark’s Column

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MY WEEK IN WESTMINSTER

THIS week I had the honour of placing a wreath at St Annes Cenotaph in Ashton Gardens as part of the First World War 100th anniversary commemorations. It was a privilege to be asked to play my part in the service and to take a moment to remember our war dead from all the conflicts [...]

MY WEEK IN WESTMINSTER

THIS week I have been reflecting on the important role our armed forces play in protecting the UK from those who would wish to do us harm. I recently had the opportunity to spend a few days with the army as part of the Armed Forces Parliamentary Scheme, which was set up to allow participating [...]

MY WEEK IN WESTMINSTER

On Friday I attended a special sitting of the House for the second reading of Bob Neill MP’s bill for an in/out referendum on Europe by the end of 2017. Another version of this bill by James Wharton MP failed to make it through the House of Lords earlier this year due to opposition from [...]

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MY WEEK IN WESTMINSTER

THIS week I was disappointed by the announcement 286 managerial roles could be at risk across BAE Systems’ Military Air & Information (MAI) arm in Warton and Salmesbury. Whenever potential job losses are announced there is a tendency to talk in terms of the numbers at risk, but it should always be remembered that behind [...]

MY WEEK IN WESTMINSTER

THIS week I have been busy speaking to various people about the imminent closure of Blackpool International Airport. Since the airport was put up for sale last month, I have been in regular contact with current owners Balfour Beatty and it is very sad a final decision to close its doors now appears to have [...]