MY WEEK IN WESTMINSTER

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This week it is Recess in Parliament, following some frantic voting on Brexit.

It was great to be invited to AKS to take part in the British Heart Foundation-backed Healthy Heart day.

Every child at the junior school was given the opportunity to see and practice CPR, and teachers, parents and other members of the community were invited along as well, to make sure as many people as possible can help in a medical emergency.

I practised CPR on a dummy and had a chat with many of the children also being taught these vital life-saving skills.

Matron Helen Hotchkiss and members of the North West Ambulance Service were on hand to demonstrate a variety of techniques, including helping those choking.

While at the school, I was grilled by pupils Xavier and Ruby who had some very tough questions in an interview.

They asked me what my job as an MP is, what I liked about AKS, and even what animal I would like to be.

Senior school students filmed the interview and will edit it as part of a project they are completing.

I also met with representatives from Virgin Rail over their decision to charge Preston passengers up to four times as much as Lancaster passengers travelling to London.

They were left in no doubt of the strength of my feelings, and my constituents’ feelings on this matter.

They offered no resolution to this unfair situation and said the reason was that many people who board at Preston are regarded as business passengers.

It is just an excuse to fleece Preston passengers. And I will be taking the matter further.

I learned this week that the Lytham St Annes Lifeboat appeal is now at the £75,000 mark.

With a new state-of-the-art Shannon Class lifeboat on the way, the community needs to raise a further £200,000 towards it.

This vital new boat will make launching and landing easier, and will also allow the crew to make manoeuvres in shallow waters than ever before.

It’s very easy to take the RNLI for granted – but not one of us should. The crew launched 33 times last year and rescued 27 people.

The brave crew live and work in the area and put their lives at risk to help others – so we should not shy away from helping them.

Go to rnli.org/LythamStAnnesAppeal or call 0300 3009990 to donate, or to discuss ways to raise funds.

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