Mark’s Column

MY WEEK IN WESTMINSTER

A HEALTHY debate has been going on In the pages of the Express for some time concerning the number 78 bus. The area, in and around Singleton Avenue, Shepherd Road and Clitheroe Road, is affected by subsidence and I have heard a number of complaints from residents about the effect that buses and other heavy [...]

MY WEEK IN WESTMINSTER

TWO momentous political occasions have taken place in the UK in the past year. The first, of course, was the Papal visit in September which I had the honour of attending. And the same feeling – that a huge moment of history was taking place – pervaded Westminster Hall last week when Barack Obama addressed [...]

MY WEEK IN WESTMINSTER

BIRTHDAY’S are a wonderful thing. For most people they mean a day of celebration, gifts and goodwill which can set you in a positive frame of mind for the next year ahead. I have to admit though that in the count down to my birthday last Wednesday I struggled a bit with the realisation that [...]

MY WEEK IN WESTMINSTER

PARLIAMENT is now firmly back in full swing with the parties going at each in the usual fashion. And I’m keen to draw you attention to an important development – the second reading of the exciting new Energy Bill – which will put in place a vital plan to secure the country’s energy supply for [...]

MY WEEK IN WESTMINSTER

YOU may have noticed my absence from this space for the past few weeks due to the local election period. And in that time, outside my hours in Parliament, I have tried to play as proactive a role as possible in helping the local Conservatives retain their hold on Fylde Council. So I was of [...]