MY WEEK IN WESTMINSTER

This week in Parliament I spoke to ministers about the need to support BAE Systems’ export campaign for its Typhoon and Hawk aircraft.
Ministers assured me they will do everything they can in a highly-competitive marketplace to support the jobs in Warton and Lancashire on these production lines.
It is vital we do all we can to help extend the production life of Typhoon, one of Fylde’s most prestigious exports, and the support industry that the aircraft requires afterwards.
I also attended a mouth cancer event in Parliament, which highlighted the importance of keeping check of any changes in your mouth and keeping regular appointments with your dentist.
We have made tremendous progress in tackling other forms of cancer and it is important we don’t lose sight of some of the others, which don’t get the same level of publicity.
The same can be said of pancreatic cancer. I was delighted Fylde Council agreed to light Lytham Windmill up in purple for an entire week to highlight the disease.
Jerry Coughlin from Ansdell, who has been diagnosed with the condition, asked for our iconic landmark to be lit up. I was delighted to ask the council to extend that to a week for a brave fund-raiser.
More than 9,000 people in the UK are diagnosed with pancreatic cancer every year and sadly, only five per cent survive five years. It is the fifth biggest cancer killer in the country, yet the disease gets less than two per cent of UK cancer research funding.
Back in Fylde, I took time to attend the Remembrance Sunday services in both St Annes and Kirkham on Sunday.
I joined thousands of people paying their respects to those who fought in conflicts to ensure Britain’s freedom.
Both services were well-attended and it is always humbling to see the level of gratitude we have for our war veterans.
Following the St Annes service, I was invited to St Annes Synagogue and was delighted to see how many people attended for refreshments after the memorial service.
On November 11, two days before the Sunday services, I was in Cyprus with soldiers from Weeton’s 2 Lancs regiment, as they paid tribute to the fallen at a military graveyard in Nicosia.
All three services were a reminder of how much we owe those people who gave their lives, so that we may enjoy our way of life today.

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