MY WEEK IN WESTMINSTER

THIS weekend’s Staining Gala was blessed with glorious weather which insured it was once again a roaring success.

In all, it was a fantastic event and I was pleased to be able to walk the procession route with all those taking part.

In Fylde, we are extremely fortunate that we have maintained our traditions surrounding club days and gala festivals.

Sadly, in many parts of the country these customs have died out, I believe to the detriment of those areas.

And it should never be underestimated how much the success of these traditional days of celebration depend on the hard work and dedication of volunteers.

With that in mind, during the event I met up with Lancashire Constabulary community volunteer Ian Angus for the first time since it was announced he was to be awarded the British Empire Medal for his work with the force.

And I was delighted when Ian agreed to join me at the Houses of Parliament in London to celebrate his worthy award when he is due in the capital in the near future.

On Sunday, I attended the Cheerful Sparrows Bowling Tournament in Fairhaven, which raised money for the Ormerod Group, a charity for which I am proud to stand as patron.

For those who don’t know about the excellent work it carries out, the Ormerod is an independent not for profit agency which offers quality support to people with learning disabilities.

The tournament, which has been raising money for worthy causes for decades, brought in a record breaking £900 of vital funds which will allow the Ormerod to extend the work it does with young people.

In the news this week, I was shocked, but perhaps sadly not surprised, by stories revealing the extent of abuse regularly being handed out on internet social networking websites such as Twitter and Facebook.

It is deplorable that ignorant thugs are being given a platform from which to spout hatred and if these sites are not living up to their responsibilities when tackling this issue then something must be done to make sure they are reminded of this.

Were these attacks made verbally on a person in the street then the police would become involved, and people should receive the same protections from being targeted by vile threats and abuse on the internet.

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