MY WEEK IN WESTMINSTER

THIS week I visited two Fylde schools which have undergone ambitious improvements and seen major investment in education in the constituency.

The official opening of the new sports facilities at Kirkham Grammar School was extremely well attended by former pupils, staff and governors and it was a pleasure to see how proud members of the school community were of the new additions.

A new sports hall and changing rooms have allowed the former facilities to be used as a brand new music education centre, thus improving two aspects of the school’s extensive curriculum.

The hall was officially opened by former England and Fylde rugby union coach Brian Ashton who gave an inspirational speech extolling Kirkham’s sporting past while highlighting the importance of future attainment.

In Government we know all about the importance of our traditions but while the past should always be remembered you are only judged on what you do today and in the future.

Shortly after the visit to Kirkham I was invited to AKS Lytham where the new junior school development is swiftly taking shape.

I was taken on a tour of the building by the chair of governors, the headteacher and a representative from builder Parkinsons.

On the day of my visit I was delighted to see 86 people working on the site, most of who were from the Fylde coast, with the scheme therefore providing an employment boost as well as to the school itself.

In Parliament this week, I was pleased to be able to attend the Cystic Fibrosis Trust’s Parliamentary Reception.

The aim of the event was to bring together the UK’s leading transplant surgeons and clinicans, researchers, cystic fibrosis (CF) specialists and people affected by CF.

It is important Parliamentarians do their bit to campaign for further improvements to increase quality and length of life for the nearly 10,000 people suffering from this devastating condition in the UK.

I saw that kind of high level support for people suffering from illness at firsthand when I visited the Space Centre in Preston recently.

The facility, which is used by many people from Fylde, offers an unrivalled sensory experience which can have some staggering effects on disabled children and adults via colourful light programmes, slides and ball pools.

The staff and volunteers who work there are dedicated individuals whose lives revolve around giving joy to those who most need it.

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