By the time this article appears in the Lytham St Annes Express, Great Britain should have a new Prime Minister.

I have supported Theresa May throughout the leadership contest as I believe she has the requisite experience, dedication and determination to lead our Government and our country.

Following the result of the recent referendum, we need strong, proven leadership – to steer us through a period of economic and political uncertainty, and to negotiate the best possible deal for Britain as we leave the EU.

Theresa May is the longest serving Home Secretary Britain has had since the 1800s. She has overseen a fall in crime to its lowest recorded level and Britain’s defence and security has always been at the top of her agenda.

As Home Secretary she helped shape the Strategic Defence and Security Review, which confirmed Britain would continue spending two per cent of GDP on defence each year and was vital in protecting jobs at BAE Systems in Warton.

Theresa has a solid track record in the cabinet and has proven time and again she is a competent and able leader. I welcome her appointment as Prime Minister and look forward to working with her in the future.

I have already invited her to come to Fylde and continue the strong support shown by David Cameron, who visited the area more than any of his predecessors combined.

St Annes Carnival last weekend was as much fun as ever, in spite of the poor weather which did little to dampen the spirits of those in attendance.

The parade was well supported by people lining the streets and the worst of the rain held off for the crowning of the Rose Queen in Ashton Gardens in the afternoon.

Every year, I am delighted by how many community-minded people turn out to celebrate St Annes on carnival day and this year was no different.

Earlier this week I was invited to the Farnborough International Airshow 2016, one of the most important events of the year for the aerospace industry.

It was fantastic to see so many people from BAE Systems in Warton at the event and to have the opportunity to discuss sales and maintenance opportunities for the Fylde business with the Secretary of State for Defence, the Rt Hon Philip Hammond MP.


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