MY WEEK IN WESTMINSTER

This week, Lytham has been in the national spotlight once again as thousands of people visited the town for the 1940s Wartime Weekend.

As the marquees of Lytham Festival came down, they were replaced with a sea of camouflage as dozens of tents were pitched along the famous Green, in an effort to make the estuary-side open space resemble the former battlefields of northern France.

Military vehicles and aircraft were out in force, with visitors having the opportunity to walk among the tents and speak to enthusiasts about their highly-collectable machines.

The whole thing was rounded off by an evocative battle re-enactment which left the Green shrouded in smoke and the smell of explosives.

I am a big supporter of our armed forces and events such as this attract crowds of visitors, while reminding people of a time when our military was responsible for keeping our country free from tyranny and oppression.

I was pleased to see that the Chancellor of the Exchequer had this week guaranteed EU funding beyond the date the UK leaves the EU – in a bid to ensure we make a success of Brexit.

It is important to provide stability for the many organisations across the UK which are in receipt of EU funding, many of which are desperate for reassurance about the money they expected to receive.

In Fylde, it was critical to me that the Government has announced it will match the current level of EU agricultural funding until 2020, providing certainty to local farmers who play a vital role in ensuring our country’s food stores are plentiful.

I, like many, have been gripped by the Olympics this week and at time of writing Team GB is second in the medals tally, something which would have been unthinkable before the Lottery began funding many previously-neglected sports in this country.

Before that funding stream was implemented by John Major’s government we had been 36th in the medal table in Atlanta.

However, it is not just about funding or medals, the Olympics is about inspiring our young people and giving them the opportunities to compete at the highest level of sport, something which I hope young people in Fylde feel is something they can achieve.

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