MY WEEK IN WESTMINSTER

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Over the years I have attended many meetings concerned with the state of the moss road which links St Annes to the M55.

The single track country lane has always been used by drivers needing to access the motorway and since it was closed amid safety concerns I have received a large number of complaints about the impact on Fylde’s road system.

For some time now a new road has been planned as part of the Queensway housing development so, when the current lane was closed, Lancashire County Council decided to focus on getting the new highway built as soon as possible rather than spending tens of thousands of pounds on repairs for a road which will soon be superfluous.

The road was then put forward for Government funding as a vital part of Lancashire’s infrastructure when the Local Enterprise Partnership was looking for projects for the county’s Growth Deals, and I fought hard to help secure £2m to unlock the scheme.

However, that money must be spent and so this week myself and Fylde Borough Council have been meeting with representatives from Lancashire County Council and the developers to reiterate how important this road is to local people and to ensure that any issues are resolved.

I have also written to a large number of homes in Lytham St Annes to let them know what is happening so that they understand how much hard work their councillors and I have been putting into ensuring this road is built as soon as possible.

I wrote last week about the suffering of people in northern Iraq after I was asked to bring the concerns of a Fylde church to the attention of the Government.

However, as a member of the Conservative Middle East Council and the Conservative Friends of Israel, I am also keeping a close eye on the situation in Gaza from both viewpoints and hope we will soon see an extended ceasefire and a lasting peace.

The current negotiations are obviously fraught with difficulties, but there is no other option than a solution that will allow both Israeli and Palestinian people to live in peace and security.

The UK has contributed £17m in humanitarian aid and deployed a team of NHS medics to help those injured in the conflict and I will continue to press the Government to do all it can to bring about a successful resolution.

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