MY WEEK IN WESTMINSTER

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As I write this Lytham Festival is in full swing and people have already told me how much they have enjoyed a number of the acts who have already performed across the town.

Over the years I have seen local promoters Daniel Cuffe and Peter Taylor build this event from small beginnings to the ambitious week-long festival of music, comedy, literature and film which is taking place this year.

I understand that the festival is predicted to bring £2m into Fylde’s economy over the week and that many local hotels and restaurants booked up months ago as festival-goers began planning their trip to Fylde.

However, it is important that local residents are not inconvenienced too much by the arrival of such a big event on their doorstep. I hope the festival goes off without a hitch and everyone is able to enjoy a successful week.

Those looking to holiday in France in the coming weeks must be looking at the situation in Calais with trepidation and I urge any Fylde travellers to seek out the most up to date information before embarking. I have every sympathy with those affected, but our absolute focus while resolving this issue must be in maintaining the safety and security of our border.

The Government is working hard with the French authorities to support the return of illegal migrants to their country of origin. This is something which is vitally important as the deaths of people attempting to illegally enter Britain cannot continue and the camps in Calais need to be dealt with before they become a humanitarian disaster.

To be dubbed “an inspirational leader” is something few people would dare to hope for when they retire and I am delighted for Fr Donald Carey, of St Paul’s CE Church, Ansdell and Fairhaven, that he has been recognised as such by members of his congregation. I would like to take this opportunity to wish Fr Carey a long and happy retirement.

The Scout and Guide movements have for many years provided great opportunities for young people to socialise while learning a raft of different skills. So I was pleased to read this week that Sainsburys has agreed to raise funds for the new Girl Guides’ centre in St Annes as I have been extremely impressed by the plans I have seen in the paper. I wish the Guides every success in their fundraising endeavours.

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