MY WEEK IN WESTMINSTER

I was pleased to see it was a bumper night for Fylde businesses at the Lancashire Tourism Awards this week.

It was double delight for The Villa Country House Hotel in Wrea Green, which took the gongs for best Small Hotel and best Wedding Venue.

The Cartford Inn at Little Eccleston continued its successful run as it was named best Tourism Pub, while the team behind the popular St Annes Beach Huts took home the Small Visitor Attraction award.

But perhaps the biggest winners of the night were Cuffe and Taylor Promotions – the organisers behind Lytham Festival – who won the coveted Tourism Event award against stiff competition from more established and higher profile events.

Obviously, tourism is extremely important to the success of Fylde’s economy and I was happy to see us so well represented amongst the winners and finalists.

Those of us who live in Fylde know what a wonderful place it is and the influx of visitors brought in by our world-class events, pubs, restaurants, accommodation and attractions is testament to that.

This weekend I attended services in St Annes and Kirkham in memory of all those who have lost their lives in conflicts and I was pleased to see the number of people who turned up to pay their respects.

As a Member of Parliament, laying wreaths on war memorials as a tribute to those who paid the ultimate price for our freedom is one of the most humbling duties I undertake during the year.

Since being elected I have met a number of veterans and it always strikes me how unassuming they are about their contribution in keeping the UK safe. That is why it is important that the rest of us remember and honour the sacrifices made by those who lost their lives in conflict.

In Parliament this week, I was pleased to receive an offer to meet the Floods Minister to discuss issues with waterlogged fields in rural Fylde.

I raised the matter with Rory Stewart MP after writing a letter of support for funding for a scheme to improve the Dock Bridge pumping station and the outflow of Main Drain.

The Minister acknowledged in the Chamber of the House of Commons how important the work is and I am hopeful we will see the improvements signed off at the earliest opportunity.

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