MY WEEK IN WESTMINSTER

There have been two big issues in Parliament this week.

The first saw Parliament empower the Prime Minister to trigger Article 50 which will see us leave the European Union.

This will ensure the will of the British people following the referendum last year.

But this has been the easy part of the process.

Now the difficult part begins as we ensure the needs of British people are at the forefront of negotiations that will last several years.

We also heard about the bid for a second independence referendum for Scotland this week.

It is absurd to have a call for a second ‘once-in-a-lifetime’ referendum so soon after the first.

It is sheer political opportunism.

You cannot play politics with the will of the British people just to satisfy one political party.

Back in Fylde, I am sorry to hear Citywing has ceased trading following the news that Van Air, contracted by Citywing to operate services between Blackpool and the Isle of Man, lost its route licence.

This means Blackpool’s only commercial airline is in liquidation.

I have written to the aviation minister to stress the importance of the air bridge between Blackpool, the Isle of Man and Belfast.

I have asked the department to investigate what assistance can be offered to ensure this vital air link can be reinstated.

I was also sad to see the loss of A Levels at Lytham St Annes High School. I met with headteacher Philip Wood recently and understand the funding issues the school faces in the light of falling roll numbers.

Many students have opted to go on to further education at colleges elsewhere, where institutions can invest larger amounts of money into different courses offering different academic qualifications, while the high school’s hands were tied. The loss of A Levels should be no reflection on the talented teachers and staff who have helped thousands of young adults reach university.

While a great shame, I am sure the move will help the school continue its great work that goes on up to GCSE level.

It was most pleasing to see AFC Fylde win yet again this weekend. Danny Rowe’s brace against Gainsborough Trinity keeps them 11 points clear at the top of the Vanorama National League North table, with just nine games left.

The club deserves to go up – the manager and players are replicating the commercial success which has seen the stadium development thrive in Wesham.

The fifth tier of English football beckons.

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