MY WEEK IN WESTMINSTER

This week I was delighted to host the annual Air Power Association Dinner in Parliament.

The association is the organisation which looks after the interests of the aerospace industry and it was a pleasure to see so many constituents at the dinner from BAE Systems in Warton.

The industry is obviously one on which a lot of people in Fylde depend for their livelihoods and it was extremely interesting to hear views from many influential people within the business on where it is heading in the future.

I am extremely proud to have such a strong employer based in Fylde and I hope the aerodrome in Warton continues to thrive for many years to come.

On Friday, I was asked to give a reading at the Town Mayor’s Charity Concert at St Annes Parish Church.

I was delighted so many people were able to attend and I spoke to a number of them afterwards who said they had enjoyed the event very much. I hope a lot of money was raised for the Mayoral charities.

Earlier that day, I was given a tour of the new Danbro offices at Jubilee House in Lytham, the former Land Registry building.

I was pleased when Danbro announced it was to renovate this derelict building which had become a blight on the landscape of Lytham, being based on such a landmark site at the end of the Green.

Even though the final touches still have to be made to the building I was delighted to see the quality which has gone into the work to make it a business hub fit for such a prominent location.

I know almost 200 staff are due to move into the building over the coming months so I am sure traders in Lytham will be delighted with the extra footfall in the town.

On that note, I met with a number of shopkeepers in Lytham this weekend as part of Small Business Saturday.

Now in its second year, the event reminds us how important it is to use smaller independent traders to ensure they remain the lifeblood of our high streets.

The Chancellor supported many of them with a generous Autumn Statement aimed at backing small businesses in our communities and I hope shoppers also support local traders with their custom.

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