Mark’s Column

MY WEEK IN WESTMINSTER

I’VE had some great news this week which follows a column I wrote a couple of weeks ago. It concerns rumours over the future of The Taps pub, Lytham and the possibility that it could be turned into a wine bar. A few people had raised this with me and, as I said in this [...]

MY WEEK IN WESTMINSTER

CONSERVATIVE party conference is underway and there was good news for business in Fylde on the very first morning. The new transport secretary, Patrick McLoughlin, announced a package of £170m to tackle around 57 “pinch points” – areas where the transport system is feeling the strain of traffic and having a negative impact on business. [...]

MY WEEK IN WESTMINSTER

At the time of writing, I have just heard the significant news that a European court ruling has paved the way for Abu Hamza al-Masri to be finally extradited from the UK. His extradition is long overdue, and I must pay tribute to the tireless work of the Home Secretary, Theresa May, who has been [...]

MY WEEK IN WESTMINSTER

The biggest news affecting many constituents in Fylde this week has been the announcement of a potential merger between BAE Systems and EADS. I found out about this potential merger at the same time as everyone else and immediately set about finding out what it could mean for workers in Fylde. Having met with ministers, [...]

MY WEEK IN WESTMINSTER

I WRITE this week as Parliament heads back to business following the summer recess and there is certainly no shortage of political action. The week began on Monday with Education Questions and a very interesting event later in the day, which allowed me to meet some Paralympians from across the globe. With local interest in [...]