Last week I attended the World Cancer Day briefing held in Westminster. At the event I was delighted to meet with Cancer Research UK ambassador Clive Barley, from Lytham, who spoke passionately about the Cross Cancer Out campaign that aims to bring forward the day that all cancers are cured through early diagnosis and access to the best, evidence-based treatments.

With one in two people now at risk from being diagnosed with cancer at some point in their lives, there has never been a more important time to tackle the disease. I will continue to work closely with cancer charities and the Department of Health to help improve cancer survival rates in the UK.

I was also pleased to be able to attend last Saturday’s volunteering event held at the local Mason’s Lodge on Garden Street. The event was attended by many local charities and voluntary groups, such as RNLI, Just Good Friends, and local civic arts groups, who showcased their ongoing good work in Fylde.

The event helped highlight the fantastic record of work undertaken by local volunteers in Fylde, as well as the continuing enthusiasm of the local community to continue this good work.

Last Thursday marked the UK’s second annual National Voter Registration Day (NVRD) to celebrate the importance of registering to vote. Last year the NVRD managed to register 50,000 people, but with this being an election year the campaign aims to make an even bigger impact by registering 250,000 people.

This year’s election provides a fantastic opportunity for people to celebrate our democratic right to vote, and therefore I strongly support this campaign in encouraging all people, especially young people, to register to vote.

This week I was also pleased to meet with members of the North and Western Lancashire Chamber of Commerce in Westminster ahead of the British Chamber of Commerce’s Conference.

The NWLCC continues to play an important role in promoting and supporting local businesses in West Lancashire. With the UK’s economic recovery gathering pace, I will continue to work tirelessly on supporting further investment in our local businesses to ensure that these economic benefits are felt throughout Fylde.


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