MY WEEK IN WESTMINSTER

This week I was delighted to be able to attend the official opening of the fantastic new play area and gardens in Freckleton Memorial Park.

It was excellent to see so many local people attend the event, which was the culmination of months of hard work by the Friends of Freckleton Memorial Park and funding from various generous benefactors.

The new play area has equipment for children of all ages, from toddlers to teenagers. Meanwhile, seating and benches for the older generations have also been put in place, trees and wildflower gardens have been planted and a designated space created for community events.

Whenever, I attend events such as this I am always impressed at the way an entire community has come together for the benefit of everyone and would like to pass on my congratulations to all those people involved. I hope the people of Freckleton are proud of their new park and it remains a valuable community asset for years to come.

Later that evening, I attended the St Annes Carnival Ball at the Bedford Hotel in St Annes, where it was a great privilege to be sat at the same table as the Rose Queen and her family.

Throughout the summer I attend a number of carnivals, club days and galas across Fylde and I always enjoy seeing our towns and villages celebrating their community spirit.

The Carnival Ball is a fantastic way to raise funds and was an extremely enjoyable evening for all those who attended.

This week’s Conservative Conference has seen a number of important announcements and has provided clarity around Britain’s forthcoming exit from the European Union.

I meet regularly with senior executives from some of the country’s biggest companies and I know how important it is for businesses to feel that this is a process which is being handled in a measured and professional way and to have some clarification surrounding the timescales being considered.

Another eye-catching announcement from the Prime Minister was installing new measures to protect our armed forces from persistent legal claims.

As someone who is a member of the Parliamentary Armed Forces Scheme, I spend a lot of time with service-people and, while it is vital our personnel behave in the correct manner on the battlefield, it is important they can carry out their important and difficult roles without fear of facing vexatious claims from ambulance-chasing lawyers years later.

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