MY WEEK IN WESTMINSTER

TWO momentous political occasions have taken place in the UK in the past year.

The first, of course, was the Papal visit in September which I had the honour of attending.

And the same feeling – that a huge moment of history was taking place – pervaded Westminster Hall last week when Barack Obama addressed MPs, peers and other dignitaries.

I was lucky enough to be there and, like my colleagues, I could not help but be impressed by how well the President spoke.

He is, of course, a man with huge charisma and poise and I am sure his comments, for example, about the growth of nations like China, India and Brazil, and how this development should be welcomed and not feared as it is lifting millions, if not hundreds of millions, out of poverty will strike a chord with almost everyone.

The whole Obama show, if I can put it like that, created a huge buzz of excitement around the Westminster village and is one of those rare moments that will undoubtedly be remembered for many years to come.

Back in Fylde there are exciting developments taking place too.

I was pleased to be asked to open Farmgen’s new Anaerobic Digestion plant on Lodge Lane in Warton last Saturday.

For those of you who don’t know much about Anaerobic Digestion it is essentially a process which sees microorganisms break down biodegradable material such as disused crops and other waste material to create energy.

As I am forever saying, it’s vital that the UK creates new domestic energy sources to end our reliance on imported foreign fossil fuels which are expensive and damaging to the environment.

As we move towards a cleaner and greener economy, diversification in the energy sector is vital.

Finally, my two cents, for what it’s worth, on the big story of the past few weeks – the debate on super injunctions and media freedom.

Perhaps the most interesting thing for me, aside from the well rehearsed arguments about Parliamentary privilege and the balance between privacy and public interest, is the ever changing landscape of our media.

Would this situation have occurred even three years ago? I doubt it – the spread of information is just so much quicker.

We live in very fast-moving times.

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