Mark’s Column

MY WEEK IN WESTMINSTER

PROMS fever took Lytham by storm this weekend and huge congratulations are due. As the sun set on Sunday, many people spoke of their pride in the community for coming together for such a special event. And first and foremost credit must go the organisers Cuffe and Taylor, their staff and all the people who [...]

MY WEEK IN WESTMINSTER

“IT’S all Greek to me!” That idiom has a special resonance at the moment as Europe tries to come to grips with the financial crisis that has engulfed the Euro. The problem is that the situation is so complex, the markets are so uncertain and the borrowings are so huge, it makes this mess tremendously [...]

MY WEEK IN WESTMINSTER

STIMULATING private sector economic growth is one of the Government’s top priorities. And a key move towards that was the announcement in last year’s budget of the creation of 21 Enterprise Zones. The aim is to help create and encourage the new businesses and jobs which are so badly needed in the current economic climate. [...]

MY WEEK IN WESTMINSTER

PRIME Ministers Questions is, of course, the big event of the week in Parliament. So it is always a major moment when you have a chance to question the man in charge of running our great country. It was particularly pleasing last week, therefore, to be able to ask a question recognising the importance of [...]

MY WEEK IN WESTMINSTER

THE only running I get to do these days comes when I have to rush into Parliament from my office across the road. So I was full of admiration for the competitors last Sunday as I had the honour of starting the Freckleton half-marathon. Sponsored by BAE Systems and the Sweatshop in Wrea Green, the [...]