News

The Manchester Bombing

Yesterday morning, like many others, I woke to the news that the largest ever terrorist attack in the North of England had taken place in the Manchester Arena.  Young people and children, who should have been enjoying the excitement of a pop concert, were among the dead and injured.

Minister for Floods visits South Ribble

I took Dr Therese Coffey, Minister for Flood to visit Penwortham and Alt-Crossens using the visit to so that I could fully explain my concerns about the plans for the Environment Agency to hand the pumps over in 2019 and the need for vital flood defences in Penwortham.

Leyland Veteran's Drop In Cafe

People of all generations and backgrounds can be affected by loneliness, and it’s often a change in circumstances which can trigger loneliness.  It’s estimated that 1 in 10 men say that they are often lonely but that they find it difficult to talk to anyone about what they are experiencing.  That

Chris Grayling Visits South Ribble

My post bag is full of letters about traffic and transport, and I have often spoken about transport in South Ribble in Parliament.  In April the Transport Secretary, Chris Grayling, visited the area to find out more about it for himself.

The Opening of Leyland Truck Trail

The Truck Trail is an absolutely fantastic addition to Leyland, teaching young people about the industrial heritage of the town and getting them interested in science, technology and engineering.  I was lucky enough to go on a vintage bus around the trail which has thirteen trucks between the rai

Ron Farington Award Ceremony

Ron Farington founded Longton Community Church over twenty years ago, and through that time the church has grown to hundreds of members.  The work of the church in assisting the homeless, those affected by addiction, the lonely and the sick is really remarkable.  Ron was rightly recognised by Her

My Position on Brexit

I campaigned to remain in the European Union, believing it was in the medium term economic interests of my constituents.  However,  as soon as the referendum result was declared I made it clear that I would respect it as the will of my constituents.

Visit to Finney House

I had the great fortune of recently visiting the Community Library and opening the ground floor suite at Finney House – a care home in Preston.

Opening of Accrol Papers

I had the great pleasure to attend the opening of the new Accrol Papers factory in Farington. The expansion of the Blackburn-based company into South Ribble is a great vote of confidence in our area.

Opening of St Catherine's in Longton

St Catherine’s Hospice has opened up a brand new boutique shop in Longton. They also have shops in Preston, Chorley, Leyland and Penwortham. I was delighted to officially open the store along with the charity’s chair of Trustees, Cliff Hughes and a number of volunteers.