Focus Article September 2019

I would like to inform you how pleased I am to have been appointed Secretary of State for Defence by the Prime Minister.  The defence of our great nation is a great responsibility.  Having served in the Armed Forces myself I hope I will bring relevant experience to the role and it is a challenge I look forward to greatly.  I would also like to thank the many residents who have congratulated me on my new position, the messages of good wishes have been truly humbling.  Please be assured my new position will not affect my work within the constituency and I remain fully committed to this constituency and helping my constituents.

I hope you have all had a good summer break and let’s hope some of the summer weather we may have missed out on continues well into September.  I have said many times that the most enjoyable part of my role as the parliamentary representative is traveling around the constituency meeting people.  This has continued throughout the summer and I have also recently met with the Leader of Lancashire County Council and the County Cabinet member for Highways to discuss LCC matters and of course, highways issues were high on the agenda.

I would like to congratulate the Churchtown Flood Action Group on officially opening their flood defences.  The Lord Lieutenant of Lancashire, Lord Shuttleworth, opened the defences which will give villagers added protection against the risk of flooding.  All involved must be commended in the way they worked together to protect their village.

As the summer comes to an end it is also a great opportunity to thank all those involved with local events which took place over the last few months and which help make this area special. From volunteers of Britain in Bloom who give their own time to ensure our towns and villages look fantastic, to the organisers of the many summer galas, fetes and shows which take place. It is clear to see why Wyre is a special place.

I have no doubt that politically things will be even busier in the coming weeks and I will continue to listen to constituents views and ensure they are heard, always representing you robustly. 

I continue to meet residents at my advice surgeries to discuss a wide range of issues.  Please remember if you would like to attend one of my surgeries, the most effective way to contact me is by email, with a brief description of the issues you wish to raise and your contact details. It is worth bearing in mind that I can often offer assistance without the need for a meeting. please remember I am here to represent you and your views are important to me so please keep them coming.

If I can be of any assistance to you please ring my Office at the House of Commons on 0207 219 5804 or my Constituency Office on (01995) 672976, email me at or write to me at the House of Commons, London, SW1A 0AA.