THIS week I have been busy speaking to various people about the imminent closure of Blackpool International Airport.

Since the airport was put up for sale last month, I have been in regular contact with current owners Balfour Beatty and it is very sad a final decision to close its doors now appears to have been made by the operator.

However, I have recently been having conversations with potential buyers and investors, my fellow Fylde coast MPs and the Transport Minister to discuss ways to make the airport a more viable business for investment moving forward, and to see what Government assistance may be on offer for those wishing to become involved in the future.

I have also written to the Chancellor of the Exchequer and the Secretary of State for Transport calling for a reduction in Air Passenger Duty for smaller regional facilities which would help secure the future of airfields such as Blackpool.

I am determined that the site remains a proud part of Fylde’s aviation history and I will continue to do everything in my power to help make that happen.

GPs are at the coal face of healthcare in Britain and I know their efforts are greatly appreciated by all my colleagues in Westminster.

Because of their unique position the Government must take their views into account when creating policies which affect the NHS and I have this week met with a group of Fylde doctors who asked me to pass on some issues they have.

As ever I was happy to act as a conduit between local people who are experts in their specific field and Government policy makers.

I was also delighted to meet Alan Torevell this week, the man behind the North West Business Leadership Team’s ambitious plans to create tidal barrages – including one across the River Ribble – along the North West coast in a bid to power five million homes.

It was good of Alan to take the time to come and see me to outline the proposal which, on the face of it, would appear to be a very interesting project which could play an important part in Britain’s energy mix moving forward.

I would also like to take this opportunity send my best wishes to all those people in Fylde who observed Yom Kippur on Friday. Tzom Kal.

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