MY WEEK IN WESTMINSTER

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I BEGIN this week by offering a belated happy Lancashire Day to everyone in Fylde.

On Tuesday, to celebrate the special occasion, there were a whole host of Lancashire-themed events in Parliament, showcasing the very best our county has to offer.

The Red Rose flew proudly above Whitehall at the Department for Communities and Local Government and a special reception was held to show off Lancashire produce.

I know similar events were also held across the region and with so many successes stories stemming from the county this year – like The Open golf at Royal Lytham and St Annes and the amazing achievements of our athletes at the Olympics and Paralympics – there is a great deal for Lancastrians to be proud of.

I now hope that the flag raising will become an annual event.

And speaking of flags, the Department for Communities and Local Government have now produced a plain English guide to flag flying.

The guide aims to eliminate the planning problems which have occurred from time to time when businesses and homeowners wish to display large flags and allow people to show off their civic or national pride.

Back at home on Friday I had a busy day of events beginning with a meeting with the new head of Cardinal Newman Sixth Form College in Preston.

The Catholic college is one of the outstanding Sixth Form colleges in the country and takes in many students from Fylde.

I was delighted to learn more about their progress and have offered my support to help maintain their very high standards.

Later, I met with the PCS union to discuss the expansion of the DWP’s Peel Park offices which will soon be home to many workers from across the Fylde coast as the Department prepares to close sections of its old Norcross site.

This issue is vital to thousands of workers and their families and I was pleased to hear that many of the transport issues surrounding the move (there was previously no public transport access to Peel Park) have now been resolved with a regular bus extending its route to serve the site.

It has been my great pleasure to work with the PCS, DWP, and my neighbouring MPs and others to solve the problem.

There are still other issues to be resolved, however, and I will continue to support the local workforce in whatever way I can.

For more information on flag flying please visit my website, www.markmenzies.org.uk

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