I spoke in the Trade Bill last week to highlight the importance of international trade for local employers such as BAE Systems, Westinghouse and Tangerine Holdings.
The Bill is vitally important to ensure we get the right framework in place for these companies – and the many others in Fylde – to trade with ease overseas.
I asked ministers to revamp UK Export Finance to ensure businesses can take advantage of the real opportunities out there as we leave the EU and embrace worldwide trade.
I was also due to speak to Chancellor Rishi Sunak as the Express went to press, to highlight infrastructure projects in Fylde, including the M55 link road and the need to double the frequency of rail services along the South Fylde line.
I’ve been working with Scott Benton, the MP for Blackpool South, to pull together a funding bid for the South Fylde line.
I already met with Transport for the North and demanding a minimum of two services per hour on this line, and for a relatively small amount this could be achieved with a passing loop installed between Lytham and St Annes, on the site of the second rail line removed in the 1980s.
We received an update on the aerospace industry and its priorities for restart and economic recovery in the past week. Industry representatives told us what they feel the Government needs to do to help, and we also heard about the steps they had taken to protect their businesses during the coronavirus pandemic.
The beautiful weather has brought more people to the coast, but I am glad to see the vast majority are maintaining social distancing. Thank-you to everyone who is doing their part to protect the NHS and keep us all safe. We must not forget that every death is a tragedy and that the falling figures are not a sign to relax the regulations yet.