MY WEEK IN WESTMINSTER

This week I was delighted to welcome Government Minister Grant Shapps to Fylde to announce a new £41m bypass to relieve pressure on the A585 at Singleton.

Problems with traffic building up on this road have been ongoing for decades and a new road has been on the agenda for just as long, but funding problems have meant the road was never built.

After such a long battle I am pleased the Government has now committed to the new bypass. However, I am aware this may not solve all the problems with the A585 so I would be keen to hear from people who may have views on future improvements which may still be needed elsewhere along the route.

In Parliament last week I questioned the Prime Minister David Cameron about support for the Warton Enterprise Zone.

I campaigned long and hard for the enterprise zone to be designated in Warton, as I believe it will protect well-paid highly-skilled jobs in Fylde for many years.

That said, for it to work it needs to be marketed correctly if it is to attract advanced manufacturing and engineering firms from around the world to bring investment and quality employment to Warton.

I was delighted the Prime Minister recognised that and said the Government was working towards that goal.

Back in Fylde, I attended the St Annes Christmas Lights switch-on ceremony on Saturday which featured a host of stars from Aladdin to Elvis and Santa Claus himself.

I was delighted that so many people made the effort to come out and listen to the carols sung by local schoolchildren and I thought the Carnival Queen, Charlotte Griffiths, did a marvellous job of the switch-on itself.

Speaking of talented pupils, on Friday I attended an Evening of Rutter charity concert at Preston Minster, organised by a sixth form student at Kirkham Grammar School.

I had a wonderful night and understand the £700 raised on the night will be split between the Salvation Army and the Space Centre in Preston.

I wanted to take this opportunity to thank Clark Brydon for inviting me and to congratulate everyone involved on a successful event.

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