MY WEEK IN WESTMINSTER

Westminster started up again this week with the Prime Minister and the Deputy Prime Minister giving a ‘mid-term review’ of the Government.

No one would say that the politics of a coalition government have been easy over the past two and a half years, but I know both parties are doing all they can in the best interests of the country.

In this vein, I was extremely pleased to hear the Prime Minister announce this week that Britain is “perfectly entitled” to ask for change in its relationship with Europe.

This is an issue I know many of you are extremely passionate about, and it is right that voters are offered a “real choice” on this at the next election.

I look forward to the Prime Minister’s speech on Europe later this month.

In the same interview this week, David Cameron made clear his position on overhauling our deportation system, so that we can deport men like Abu Qatada before they appeal, and also on the Falkland Islands.

I strongly support the Prime Minister on both these issues.

Elsewhere in Parliament, a number of health issues are being debated, with the Liverpool Care Pathway being discussed, as well as a general debate on Dementia.

As readers of this column will know, Dementia is a condition that I believe has to receive the full focus of Government and health professionals, so I was extremely pleased to add my name to the call for a backbench debate on this issue.

I will continue to do all I can to represent Fylde residents at these debates.

Locally, I am delighted at the growing success of the Fylde Food Festival.

This Festival has expanded from the original “Feast for Ten”, and I know is extremely popular in the local community.

We are fortunate in Fylde to have a wide variety of restaurants, pubs and cafes, and this Festival represents a great way for us all to support all these establishments.

The Festival runs from now until the 10th February and I cannot wait to go round and enjoy all that it has to offer.

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