I participated in two things this week which had the potential to be a little nerve-wracking, but I think reading out bingo numbers for a minute or so at the Mecca Bingo on Talbot Road outdid getting a question in at PMQS!   Bingo-calling is an art form, as any practitioner will tell you. Pace
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Firstly, may I wish a happy New Year to all the readers. It has been a traditional Maynard family Christmas – peering at each other over piles of surveys, sorting, stuffing, and trying to bring some order to the several thousand replies that have arrived in recent weeks to the surveys we have sent out
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Thank you for contacting me regarding yesterday’s debate on food banks in the House of Commons. Such was the demand for time to speak that despite putting my name in as soon as the topic was announced, I was sadly not called, and reduced to making an isolated intervention. This was most frustrating as this
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Currently sitting in the fridge is the largest tub of Maynard’s wine gums I have ever seen – and I am resisting the temptation as best I can. It was the more-than-thoughtful and much-undeserved ‘thank you’ present from Seaside Venture Riding for the Disabled Association branch, based near Wrea Green, whose Christmas Party I attended
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As November draws to a close, so the season of Christmas Fairs gets into full swing. Yesterday I was very pleased to be invited to open the St Paul’s Church Christmas Fair, just off Dickson Road. I can happily say I am still eating the cakes I purchased there, and as with all the fairs
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Remembrance Sunday this year saw me in Thornton where, pleasingly, not only was the traffic halted but the amplification system functioned allowing the many, many who had gathered to fully enjoy the service. One of the attractive aspects of the war memorial there is that because it is a large circle, plenty can be accommodated
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This week has seen a number of issues to focus on, not least the future of our town centres, be they Blackpool or Cleveleys.   Most urgent have been the events in Cleveleys at the Green Market where market traders found themselves locked out of the market in a dispute with the landlord over the
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There is an interesting paradox when doing a ‘supermarket surgery’, as I did last Saturday in Sainsbury’s on Red Bank Road. Lots of people come up to me and say “You’re brave, aren’t you?” as though I am at risk of physical harm. Yet not a single person in 2 hours was even remotely rude
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Having peppered my last few Letters from Westminster with photos of me attending various events, this week is a dry reminder that a lot of time is often spent sitting at a table talking. Food Poverty The issue of addressing food poverty in a practical way is one I am continuing to focus on, having
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Two events book-ended my week on rather a sad note. Turning up at Euston on Friday to catch the usual train, we had the sad news that someone had been hit on the line near Harrow, suspending all services, and we were directed to King’s Cross instead. Of course, we should never jump to conclusions
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About Paul

Hello, and thanks for visiting my site! As the Conservative MP for Blackpool North and Cleveleys, my job is to serve the interests of my constituents and represent their concerns in Westminster. Hopefully, my website will bring you a little bit closer to what is happening and how you can get involved. Find out about where I stand on the things that affect us locally and how you can share your thoughts with me by using the links at the top of the page. I look forward to hearing from you!

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