MY WEEK IN WESTMINSTER

This week, a cloud of terror hangs over the world again following the tragic and senseless shootings at a nightclub in Orlando, Florida.

This is an area many British tourists will know well, as it is visited each year by thousands of people for their holidays.

We should be under no illusions that this was an utterly evil attack, for which Daesh has claimed responsibility, and was based on a twisted ideology which includes homophobia as a cornerstone of its warped views.

I understand the Prime Minister has written to President Obama to offer our condolences and support. In Britain, we too have faced up to terror and will always stand with our friends against those who peddle hate and bigotry.

On Saturday, I was delighted to be at Horse Guards Parade for the annual Queen’s birthday Trooping the Colour event, where a magnificent display by the household division once again showed the incredible skill and professionalism of our armed forces.

Later that evening, I was back in Fylde for the lighting of the beacon in Warton in celebration of the Her Majesty’s 90th. It was a fantastic event and I was happy so many people made the effort to attend. On Saturday July 2, Warton will also host a celebration of the 100th anniversary of the Battle of the Somme at the village hall and I hope that event is just as successful.

Earlier this week, I hosted the annual BAE Systems Parliamentary reception and was pleased to see so many people had travelled down from Warton to be there.

During the event, we had some interesting discussions surrounding current business opportunities for aircraft sales and the company’s future plans.

I also spoke to representatives from trade unions based on site in Fylde and told them I would continue doing all I can to support highly-skilled and well-paid employment in Warton.

In closing, I would like to congratulate Fylde entrepreneur Simon Rigby after it was announced he is to be awarded an MBE for services to business. I know Simon well; he puts his heart and soul into all his endeavours and should be especially applauded for the work he has done to breathe new life into Preston’s Guild Hall. This award is just recognition of his success.

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