MY WEEK IN WESTMINSTER

THIS weekend I will be taking the time during Remembrance Sunday to pay my respects to those who have fought to ensure Britain’s freedom.

The annual event – ahead of Monday’s Armistice Day, the anniversary of the end of hostilities in the First World War – will be marked by ceremonies at local war memorials across Fylde.

I will be taking part in the procession through St Annes to Ashton Gardens where I will lay a Parliamentary wreath to commemorate the actions of military and civilian personnel in the two World Wars and later conflicts.

While it is always an event tinged by sadness, I feel it is important to take the time to remember the important work done by the forces past and present.

In the lead up to Remembrance Sunday, I was this week invited to visit RAF Waddington in Lincoln where I was given a tour of the facilities at the base before watching a number of demonstrations, including one on the role of the fast jet.

We were also given the chance to speak to current members of the Royal Air Force about their work in the many different fields available in the service, including the areas of intelligence, systems, targeting and reconnaissance.

Having BAE Systems based in Warton where much of the final assembly is done for the Eurofighter Typhoon, I am always keen to see the aircraft outside the factory once they leave the hanger in Fylde and are put to use by the Royal Air Force.

Back in Fylde this week, I was pleased to see work had gotten underway on the pen stock work at Preston Road bridge.

For years now, farmers locally have lost thousands of pounds due to flooded fields ruining crops and I have been pushing the Environment Agency to resolve this issue since becoming an MP.

While I do not believe this work, which should allow Main Drain to flow more freely into the Ribble Esturay hence lowering water levels locally, will solve all the problems I hope it will have a noticeable, positive impact from which to move forward when looking for a solution to the wider issue.

In conclusion, this week I also attended the Fylde Conservative’s Big Breakfast at St Thomas’ Church in St Annes.

It was great to see so many members and friends turn out for the event to enjoy a ‘Full English’ in the church hall.

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