MY WEEK IN WESTMINSTER

THIS week I signed a Book of Commitment in the House of Commons for Holocaust Memorial Day which this year takes place on January 27, the 70th anniversary of the liberation of the Auschwitz-Birkenau Concentration Camp.

Sadly, some of the deeply unsettling issues from that time are still present today, as we have seen from the recent horrific attack on a kosher supermarket in Paris, and, unfortunately, in some anti-Semitic incidents here in the UK.

I visited the Auschwitz-Birkenau camp with a group of schoolchildren from Fylde some time ago and anyone who has walked through those gates will never forget what can happen when that kind of sentiment festers and grows into something dangerous.

It is imperative we tackle this threat head-on and redouble our efforts to wipe out anti-Semitism in Great Britain.

In Fylde, I attended a meeting at St Annes Town Hall with members of Fylde Borough Council and Lancashire County Council, as well as Kensington Developments, regarding the new M55 Link Road.

For me, success will be when we see diggers on the ground and the foundations going in, but I was pleased to see that everyone around the table was of the same mind; to get the road built as soon as possible.

However, when I helped secure £2m Growth Deal funding for this project from central Government, I had hoped we would be further along at this stage and I will continue to keep the pressure on to make sure everything is being done to achieve our goal.

I was pleased to see the announcement this week that a new National Savings and Investments (NS&I) Bond, which will give pensioners market-leading saver rates, had been launched.

I have nothing but respect for those who have worked hard and saved their money, but as a result of a period of low interest rates they have not been getting the returns on their investments they deserve.

A number of older people in Fylde have been to see me in my surgeries about this issue and I, and other MPs, raised it with the Chancellor of the Exchequer so I was delighted when the creation of these bonds was announced during the budget.

I am sure the bonds will be extremely popular with those who have worked hard and saved a nest-egg for their retirement and I am delighted the Government has invested £10bn to ensure they will be widely available.

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