MY WEEK IN WESTMINSTER

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THIS week I had the pleasure of joining staff and pupils from Medlar-with-Wesham CE Primary at an assembly to hand out school prizes to the children.

During the celebratory worship the certificates were also presented to the finalists from the school’s recent Wesham’s Got Talent competition and we were treated to a performance of the winning act, a very impressive Taekwondo display by sisters Emily and Jessica Mercer-Taylor.

Following the service I spent an hour talking to the school council about my role as an MP and my views on a variety of local issues and was shown a presentation on how the pupils and staff worked together to successfully create a new trim trail.

Later that evening I met with members of the Roseacre Awareness Group, who have campaigned vigorously against a proposed shale gas exploration site in the village.

A planning application for the scheme was recently turned down but the residents are still concerned about whether that decision will be appealed.

I reiterated my position that the decision by Lancashire County Council should be adhered to and I would oppose any attempt to overturn that via a Government appeal.

On Friday night, I was delighted to be invited to attend the Queendeans Ball at the Clifton Arms Hotel in Lytham.

It was a fantastic evening and the money raised from the ball was the final amount needed to fund a new neck and mouth cancer scanner for Blackpool Victoria Hospital.

I am proud to be patron of the Queendeans, whose fundraising efforts have helped many worthy causes across the Fylde coast.

On Saturday I walked in the St Annes Carnival Parade and, like Lytham Club Day before it, we were blessed with some brilliant weather.

It was a pleasure to see so many people lining the streets and many local businesses supporting the event.

Afterwards I spent a good deal of time walking around the Square and Ashton Gardens and have rarely seen St Annes looking better.

Events like this would not happen if it were not for the local organisers, volunteers and public service staff who work so hard to make sure everything goes smoothly.

I would like to take this opportunity to give my thanks to all those who have been involved in local events this year for helping bring their communities together in a spirit of celebration.

 

PICTURE: Mark Menzies MP with Medlar with Wesham Primary School staff and members of the school council

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