Mark’s Column

MY WEEK IN WESTMINSTER

This week’s news has sadly been dominated by North Africa. In the Commons on Monday, I was there to hear the Prime Minister speak of the “iron resolve” that will be required to tackle the terrorist threat emerging in North Africa, and his desire to put it at the top of the G8’s agenda under [...]

MY WEEK IN WESTMINSTER

Parliament has been extremely busy this week, with a number of key meetings taking place for Fylde residents. On Monday, I was pleased to have organised a meeting between Fylde Borough Council representatives and the Department for Communities and Local Government regarding local planning issues. This followed a meeting I attended in October where it [...]

MY WEEK IN WESTMINSTER

Westminster started up again this week with the Prime Minister and the Deputy Prime Minister giving a ‘mid-term review’ of the Government. No one would say that the politics of a coalition government have been easy over the past two and a half years, but I know both parties are doing all they can in [...]

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MY WEEK IN WESTMINSTER

I BEGIN this week by offering a belated happy Lancashire Day to everyone in Fylde. On Tuesday, to celebrate the special occasion, there were a whole host of Lancashire-themed events in Parliament, showcasing the very best our county has to offer. The Red Rose flew proudly above Whitehall at the Department for Communities and Local [...]

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MY WEEK IN WESTMINSTER

IT was a cold, grey and damp autumnal day when I arrived in Poland last Thursday. Myself, along with a number of other Parliamentarians and students from across the North-West, were visiting Auschwitz-Birkenau on a day-long tour designed to continue to educate people about the Holocaust. With young people from Carr Hill High School and [...]