MY WEEK IN WESTMINSTER

This week I have been involved in a number of meetings with constituents about a range of different issues which affect their daily lives.

Whilst many people see the work MPs do in Parliament on television and in the newspapers, it is actually the constituency casework which takes up the majority of our working lives.

This week I have met with a group of residents from Wrea Green who have concerns over a forthcoming planning appeal in the village, a business owner in St Annes who is worried about the lack of customers coming and spending money in local shops and also had the pleasure of attending a diamond wedding anniversary in Lytham, amongst other appointments.

In addition, I have answered dozens of letters and emails from constituents with issues including health and benefits problems, tax queries, immigration matters and questions about various Government policies which they have concerns over.

During this week’s debates on the recent Queen’s Speech and the Scotland Bill in Parliament, I listened to numerous MPs making their maiden speeches and five years on I still remember having the privilege of making my own.

And at Foreign Office Questions on Tuesday, just prior to the debate on the historic EU Referendum Bill, I raised with the Foreign Secretary, the Rt Hon Philip Hammond MP, the importance of exploring opportunities for treaty change with the EU.

At the weekend, it was a pleasure to attend the Fylde Civic Sunday and pass on my congratulations to the new mayor, Cllr Peter Hardy.

The event is always the mayor of Fylde’s first official church service after mayor-making and this year, as ever, it was preceded by a civic procession through the streets.

The parade was led around Kirkham by Cllr Hardy, accompanied by a number of other civic dignitaries from across Fylde and followed by a civic party of councillors, members of the public and various uniformed organisations, all walking to the excellent music provided by Freckleton Brass Band.

Following the procession, we attended St Michael’s Church where Rev Ric Bundy gave a wonderful sermon which I am sure was enjoyed by all those present, as were the refreshments at the Community Centre afterwards.

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