This week, with Parliament in recess, I have been lucky enough to spend the entire week at home in Fylde.

And it is times like this when I am able to spend prolonged periods at home that I am reminded how fortunate we are to live in such a wonderful place.

Over the last week I have been out shopping in St Annes and Lytham, spent time on Kirkham’s busy high street and visited Wrea Green and some of the more rural parts of Fylde.

While the weather has not been perfect every day, it has been a pleasure to get out and about with family and friends and enjoy all our area has to offer.

I was delighted to welcome the new Defence Procurement Minister, Harriett Baldwin MP, to Fylde last week, as she paid her first visit to see the Typhoon production line at BAE Systems in Warton.

It is important that defence ministers take the time to come to Warton and see the work which goes in to producing the world’s most advanced combat aircraft.

The success of the Typhoon is one of the reasons why the former Prime Minister, David Cameron, visited three times in the six years since I was originally elected, more than any other leader has been to Fylde previously.

Harriett is a good friend and I believe she will do very well in her new role. It will be a pleasure to work with her as I continue my support for Fylde’s aerospace workforce in Parliament.

On Friday, I was invited to the annual Strawberry Tea at the home of councillors Peter and Karen Buckley.

It was great to see so many of Fylde’s elected members in one place and, although festivities had to be moved indoors due to the weather, the event was a great success.

I watched the closing ceremony of the Olympic Games with a great deal of pride on Sunday night.

Rio 2016 will be remembered as a history-making Olympics for Britain, one where we took more medals than we have ever done at an overseas Games.

I welcome the fact that the Government is planning a parade in Manchester, alongside the British Olympic and Paralympic Associations, to celebrate our sporting heroes.

And for those who gave their all but missed out on a medal this time around, I would like to take this opportunity to wish them all the best for Tokyo 2020.

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