MY WEEK IN WESTMINSTER

This week I met with my fellow judges to decide the outcome of the Fylde Woman of the Year 2015 competition.

Throughout my five years as Member of Parliament I have been overwhelmed by the work done by women in our community. Many of those involved have gone unsung and I wanted to find a way of celebrating their work and achievements.

That is why I launched this campaign, in partnership with the Lytham St Annes Express, but going through the nomination papers, even I was impressed by the standard of entrants in the contest, which I hope to now make an annual presentation.

Whether it be through their volunteering and charity work, professional endeavours or family commitments, there are some inspirational women in Fylde and it was very difficult to come to a decision. I look forward to the awards ceremony where the worthy winner will be announced.

Last weekend I was delighted to be invited to speak at the synagogue in St Annes, where I addressed the congregation about a number of issues of importance to the community.

Since coming to Parliament I have attended services at many of Fylde’s churches and religious centres and have always been made extremely welcome.

While I have visited the synagogue before, this was the first time I had been to speak to the congregation and I was delighted with the response I received from those who attended.

In Westminster, I took the opportunity to question the Tourism Minister, Helen Grant MP, about the Government’s recent efforts to boost the UK holiday industry.

Tourism is obviously an important part of Fylde’s economy and we receive thousands of visitors from around the country each year.

While many businesses had an excellent season last year, it is vital the Government continues to promote the area so I was delighted with the Minister’s response that the department had just announced £10m funding for tourism in the north, which the whole area should see the benefit of.

On Friday I attended a meeting about the new M55 Link Road and was pleased to see everyone working so hard to get work underway as soon as possible.

This road is one of my biggest priorities and I was delighted when I secured £2m Government funding to get the project off the ground so I will keep pushing to get things moving quickly.

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