Mark’s Column

MY WEEK IN WESTMINSTER

IT is always fantastic to see new services launching in the Fylde. So it was a great pleasure this week to attend the launch of two sparkling new facilities. The first was Nateby House, a brand new joint project between the Ormerod Trust, of which I am patron, and New Fylde Housing. The house, on [...]

MY WEEK IN WESTMINSTER

A BREEZY March afternoon with grey clouds in the sky perhaps doesn’t do some of Fylde’s fantastic areas justice. But I know Charles Hendry MP, the Minister of State for Energy, was still impressed as I drove him through the borough as part of his Ministerial visit to Fylde last Friday. In town to visit [...]

MY WEEK IN WESTMINSTER

I HAVE always been an animal lover. Pets provide a great many people with a priceless companionship and it is important that we give them the care and protection they deserve. The lifestyle of an MP, dividing my time between two locations, means I could not give a pet the care, love and attention they [...]

MY WEEK IN WESTMINSTER

THE effort and sacrifice of our armed forces is something which should never be underestimated. Most of us can’t begin to imagine the difficult and dangerous conditions our brave troops have had to work under in the heat of Afghanistan and Iraq. So, make no mistake, when it comes to voting on or discussing armed [...]

MY WEEK IN WESTMINSTER

IT’S been a tremendously busy week in Parliament and in Fylde with a number of vital issues up for discussion. Last Friday I made my first ever representation at a public inquiry in St Annes, speaking on behalf of residents who are concerned about the travellers site in Hardhorn on the border of Fylde and [...]