MY WEEK IN WESTMINSTER

The Queen’s Speech debate has still been the main order of business in Westminster, with the Government pressing forward its aims for the new Parliament.

Brexit makes up eight of the 27 bills, notably its impact on areas such as farming and fishing, as well as immigration and trade.

I was delighted to hear Theresa May’s stance on EU nationals in the Brexit talks.

I spoke earlier this year to staff at Fylde Fresh and Fabulous to reassure them that we wanted them – that we needed them – to stay.

They had asked for a meeting to seek reassurances over their future, with many settling here in our communities from Eastern Europe.

The message I gave them then is the message the Prime Minister has now made loud and clear – we want you to stay.

Their input into society is a hugely positive one.

The Brexit process will be long and complex – and it is only right the Prime Minister announce these stances as we go through that process. If she plays her cards early, it gives other European countries the upper hand in the negotiations.

Back home, I took part in Lytham Club Day which started with a one-minute silence to mark recent atrocities.

The procession was huge and it was nice to see several familiar faces, and I enjoyed meeting with the Mayor and Mayoress and councillors afterwards.

I can’t believe we are already halfway through our gala season – I’m looking forward to Wrea Green’s big day this weekend.

I also had the pleasure of speaking with the North West Area Conservative Women’s group who staged an afternoon tea at Lytham Hall.

Today I will be witnessing the end of a 400-mile bike and 125-mile kayak trip which started back in Lytham St Annes.

Veteran and author Andy Reid, and Warrant Officer Glen Hughes, carried out the remarkable fund-raising effort for Armed Forces charities in memory of local hero Sgt Nigel Coupe, Cpl Jake Hartley, and Pvts Christopher Kershaw, Daniel Wilford, Anton Frampton, and Daniel Wade who were killed when the Warrior armoured vehicle they were travelling in was hit by an IED in Afghanistan in 2012.

The Warrior Challenge ends with a reception in Parliament and I am looking forward to congratulating the duo on their fine fund-raising effort.

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