Next week I’ll be back down in Westminster as the summer recess comes to an end and the House of Commons gets underway again. So I’ve been enjoying the last week of the recess, spending some time at home in Colne and working from my offices in Barnoldswick and Nelson.
With Parliament in recess, I’ve been busy out and about across Pendle. During the past week, I’ve taken part in a litter pick with Colne Town Council, attended the Nelson Food Festival launch and the opening of the new Costa Coffee in Nelson.
Longer waiting times for ambulances is a major concern for many Pendle residents. It is an issue I witness first-hand, including as a Community First Responder. I know the immense pressure our local ambulance staff at the North West Ambulance Service are under.
Pendle MP Andrew Stephenson has welcomed the announcement by Lancashire County Council of an additional £4.8m investment in Secondary School places in Pendle. The investment over the next 3 years is part of an overall £47m allocation provided by the Department of Education.
The key task for the UK Government remains Brexit. There is a lot of complex work that needs to be done, including negotiating our exit with the EU. We also need to start the process of re-patriating our legal system, which can no longer rely on rules set in Brussels.