Mark’s Column

MY WEEK IN WESTMINSTER

This week, a cloud of terror hangs over the world again following the tragic and senseless shootings at a nightclub in Orlando, Florida. This is an area many British tourists will know well, as it is visited each year by thousands of people for their holidays. We should be under no illusions that this was [...]

MY WEEK IN WESTMINSTER

This week I met with employment minister Priti Patel MP to discuss plans for St Annes’ Jobcentre Plus. I raised this issue with the minister after an application was put in to Fylde Council to turn the building – Westmorland House on Orchard Road – into flats. I submitted a written Parliamentary question to the [...]

MY WEEK IN WESTMINSTER

This week I organised a meeting for an award-winning local charity with the Prisons Minister to discuss their views on how prisoners can best be rehabilitated and readied for re-introduction into society. Jobs, Friends & Houses takes ex-offenders who have struggled with a range of issues – including addiction, mental health problems and homelessness – [...]

MY WEEK IN WESTMINSTER

This week I met with members of AFC Fylde’s Community Foundation team to discuss the excellent work they do across Fylde. It was a pleasure to meet Tom and Chris and listen to the enthusiasm they have for the various projects they have ongoing, and their plans for the future. As well as working with [...]

MY WEEK IN WESTMINSTER

This week I attended the official opening of the Lytham Windmill and Old Lifeboat House museums. The newly-refurbished museums are well worth taking the time to pay a visit and are a credit to the volunteers who have put their time and efforts into creating such high-quality attractions. In the Lifeboat House, a newly-restored historic [...]