Mark’s Column

MY WEEK IN WESTMINSTER

PUBS have suffered tremendously over the last few years. Whatever you put it down to; be it the smoking ban, cheaper alcohol available elsewhere or the recession, I think it’s a crying shame. Now like most people I like a pint or two and I’m also acutely aware of how big a part of a [...]

MY WEEK IN WESTMINSTER

AN awful lot has happened since my last column so I’ll get straight down to business. The Strategic Defence and Security Review laid out the Government’s plans for the future of our armed forces last Monday and Tuesday. This, as I have been anticipating since I first became Fylde MP, has of course had a [...]

MY WEEK IN WESTMINSTER

CANCER, for many people, is an incredibly difficult and scary subject. It takes the lives of more than one in four people and most of us will have experienced it with either a friend or family member. It’s a truly terrible disease and an issue close to my heart. But it’s not the speed and [...]

MY WEEK IN WESTMINSTER

LAST week I wrote about the exciting and extremely busy few days at the Conservative party conference. But no sooner had David Cameron finished his speech and I was leaving Birmingham on a train bound for home. My diary secretary Shirley, determined to make me earn my keep, was not content with being busy for [...]

MY WEEK IN WESTMINSTER

HISTORY is often made at party conferences. From young William Hague’s immortal: “some of you won’t be around in 30 or 40 years,” quip just up the road in Blackpool to the naming of Ed Milliband as Labour leader last week – the party conferences often push personalities to the fore. And this week too [...]