MY WEEK IN WESTMINSTER

THIS week has been extremely busy in Fylde as the festive season gets into full swing.

Those of you who have been out in Lytham after dark recently will have noticed how wonderful the display of lights adorning the town centre look this year.

The annual display is the result of a lot of hard work from a community-minded group of individuals and business people and it was a pleasure to be asked to attend their Christmas Lights Ball at the Clifton Arms this weekend.

The event was a well-deserved celebration after all the effort which the volunteers have put into ensuring Lytham sparkles this Christmas and I know the committee is determined that next year’s display carries on its proud tradition.

The previous day I had made my last visit of the year to BAE Systems in Warton, Fylde’s biggest employer.

As a company which is so important to the local economy I like to visit the site regularly to keep up-to-date with production progress and discuss potential export contracts to see if there is anything the Government can do to assist.

On Sunday, I was invited to the performance of Handel’s Messiah at Freckleton Methodist Church, which has become something of a mainstay of the festive calendar in rural Fylde.

This year I attended the service in the company of Freckleton Councillor Tommy Threlfall and we both enjoyed the event tremendously, while taking the time afterwards to catch up on a number of issues within the village and the wider area.

That evening I was invited to the Charity Christmas Party, in aid of Homestart, at the Inn on the Prom in St Annes.

The event was organised by local Councillor Vivienne Willder and I thought the party was an excellent evening which my mother and I enjoyed immensely.

I am proud to be patron of a charity like Homestart, which helps struggling families in Fylde, and I am sure a lot of money was raised on their behalf.

Back in Westminster, on Monday we debated important legislation surrounding security and counter-terrorism measures.

International events recently have shown us that this is an area where we cannot afford to be complacent and it is important that Government remains resolute in the face of threats from at home and abroad.

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