MY WEEK IN WESTMINSTER

I’VE had some great news this week which follows a column I wrote a couple of weeks ago.

It concerns rumours over the future of The Taps pub, Lytham and the possibility that it could be turned into a wine bar.

A few people had raised this with me and, as I said in this space, the claims were a cause for concern.

The Taps is a Fylde institution, people said, and we must prevent it from losing its heritage.

Well, fear not readers because the rumours are false.

I received a very reassuring call to the office this week, promising that this was absolutely not the case.

Moving swiftly on and, after a very busy week here in Fylde, I feel it is vital to mention some of the people I met during a very packed schedule of appointments this weekend.

I began with meeting the very enthusiastic children and staff and St Peter’s School Kindergarten to celebrate World School Milk Day.

Not only was I pleased to see school milk is still as important as ever but I was also impressed by yet another organisation using the apprenticeship programme which is creating so many opportunities for young people.

Elsewhere on Friday I also had a chance to bid farewell to Blackpool Hospitals Trust Chief Executive, Aidan Kehoe, as he prepares to leave for pastures new.

I met with Aidan and his deputy, Tim Welch, to catch up on issues relating to patient care, including the vital changes taking place to the way our local health services operate and left very much reassured the future of our hospitals are in safe hands.

As many people know, one of my major passions is striving for improved care for people with dementia.

I was able to put forward a number of suggestions to which Aidan and his team were very receptive

I would like the Fylde coast to become a national leader in dementia care, and this is something that I will be raising with the Health Secretary at our next meeting.

I’m grateful for all their hard work and attention to an issue which is a growing problem throughout the country with people living longer.

A constituency surgery, a visit to the Blackpool Airport Air Cadets squadron to support their fantastic comfort boxes for Afghanistan campaign and meetings with Wesham Town Council and Residents Action on Fylde Fracking rounded off a very busy weekend.

I would also urge you to offer your support to BAE Warton’s Jenny Westworth who is up for National Apprentice of the Year award which is decided by a public vote.

Visit www.apprenticeships.org.uk to vote and find out more.

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