LAST Friday was an historic day in Parliament when members gathered to vote for an unprecedented in/out referendum on Europe.

I personally endorsed Conservative MP James Wharton’s bill regarding Britain’s relationship with the EU as I believe it is important for UK citizens to be given the opportunity to have their say on our membership of Europe.

I think the time is right to renegotiate our arrangement with Brussels and that people should be directly involved in that process.

MPs backed the private member’s bill at second reading – the first time it has been debated – by an unprecedented 304 votes to 0, although Labour and the Lib Dems barely took part in the vote.

I think this proves Members understand the strength of feeling from constituents on this issue and were keen to make sure they properly represented residents.

This weekend, I was delighted to be back in Fylde enjoying the glorious weather for St Annes Carnival on Saturday.

I started the day with the raising of the new St Annes on Sea flag ahead of the parade before taking part in the convoy itself and then headed to Ashton Gardens for the rest of the afternoon.

It was a pleasure to see the carnival route packed with people cheering on those taking part. Ashton Gardens was also extremely busy with local residents enjoying the stalls and I think the organisers and volunteers should be applauded for the effort they put in to ensuring the event was a huge success.

This week I was delighted to be invited to attend an event by the Hollocaust Educational Trust in the Speaker of the House’s private apartments on the Parliamentary estate.

This fantastic charity does vital work to ensure the lessons of that terrible time in human history are not forgotten.

I listened to speeches from the inspirational young people who act as the trust’s youth ambassadors and have taken on the task of telling the stories of the hollocaust to their peers.

Last year I was invited to Auschwitz Birkenau as a guest of the trust and found the whole experience extremely moving.

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