Mark’s Column

MY WEEK IN WESTMINSTER

LAST Friday was an historic day in Parliament when members gathered to vote for an unprecedented in/out referendum on Europe. I personally endorsed Conservative MP James Wharton’s bill regarding Britain’s relationship with the EU as I believe it is important for UK citizens to be given the opportunity to have their say on our membership [...]

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MY WEEK IN WESTMINSTER

THE news this week has been dominated by the death of Margaret Thatcher. As someone who had the privilege of meeting the former PM on numerous occasions, I have many lasting memories of her. The first time I met her was in my late teens at a Conservative Party conference in Bournemouth. Not only did [...]

MY WEEK IN WESTMINSTER

EVERY week, I read with interest the local news found in the Lytham St Annes Express. And each and every time I look through the paper – as well as its sister publication the Blackpool Gazette, which also carries news of the Fylde – I’m regularly impressed by the depth and range of the coverage [...]

MY WEEK IN WESTMINSTER

THIS week the big focus in Parliament was obviously the Chancellor’s latest budget. The chamber was, as it always is on such days, packed as George Osborne stood to set out the country’s spending for the coming year. As a constituency where local businesses are key to Fylde’s success, I was pleased to see the [...]

MY WEEK IN WESTMINSTER

I was disappointed to see this week that Centrica have withdrawn their commitment to new Nuclear Build sites in England. The global low-carbon sector is set to be worth over $4 trillion by 2015 and I believe we as a country have to make the most of it. That is why I was extremely pleased [...]