Mark’s Column

MY WEEK IN WESTMINSTER

I am delighted the Prime Minister and Defence Secretary have helped secure a £2bn deal which will see Qatar purchase 24 Fylde-built Typhoon aircraft. This order will help sustain thousands of aerospace jobs in the area, maintaining the Typhoon production line while further orders are sought from around the world. I’m proud to say Typhoon [...]

MY WEEK IN WESTMINSTER

The big business in Parliament this week has been the Brexit Repeal Bill. I voted for the Government to adopt the Bill, as I pledged to do after Fylde’s referendum result showed a clear desire by constituents to leave the European Union. The bill passed its second stage in the Commons with a majority of [...]

MY WEEK IN WESTMINSTER

I am pleased to see this year’s St Annes International Kite Festival set to be the biggest yet – thanks to the support of businesses in the town. Organisers have been able to stage an Illuminated Night Fly, complete with music and fireworks on Friday from 8 to 10pm, which promises to be a treat. [...]

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 [...]