Mark’s Column

MY WEEK IN WESTMINSTER

THIS weekend I will be taking the time during Remembrance Sunday to pay my respects to those who have fought to ensure Britain’s freedom. The annual event – ahead of Monday’s Armistice Day, the anniversary of the end of hostilities in the First World War – will be marked by ceremonies at local war memorials [...]

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MY WEEK IN WESTMINSTER

THIS week I was invited to appear on the Sunday Politics show, which was filmed in the BBC’s northern headquarters at Media City in Salford. Every time I visit the site I am impressed at how this area of brownfield land has been transformed into a thriving and developing community, filled with shops, workplaces and [...]

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MY WEEK IN WESTMINSTER

THIS week has been a busy one in Parliament, but one in which I’ve had time to reflect on the tremendous role our armed forces play at home and abroad. It comes as troops from the North West’s Infantry, The 2nd Battalion Duke of Lancaster’s Regiment (2 LANCS) returned home to Weeton Barracks following a [...]

MY WEEK IN WESTMINSTER

THIS week I felt privileged to be re-adopted by Fylde Conservatives to fight the 2015 General Election. Re-selection is certainly not an automatic right for sitting MPs and I was delighted when I was unanimously chosen as the Conservative representative for the 2015 ballot paper. Before the vote I gave a speech on the things [...]

MY WEEK IN WESTMINSTER

THIS week I have been attending the Conservative Party Conference 2013 and it has been an interesting week with the announcement of some key new policies. One of those which caught my attention was the Prime Minister’s plan to offer more money to doctors who stay open from 8am to 8pm, seven days a week. [...]