Foreign students get to ask questions about UK politics

Eric Ollerenshaw, Conservative MP for Lancaster and Fleetwood.
Eric Ollerenshaw, Conservative MP for Lancaster and Fleetwood.

Last week I called in to the university to take questions from a group of visiting students from Nigeria and Malaysia about UK Politics and the role of a Member of Parliament.

This event was organised by the Students Union and was part of the university’s outreach to possible future International students.

Back in the city I paid a visit to Ladbrokes on Gage Street to meet the team and discuss their initiatives to promote responsible gambling.

Although I know that some of us including myself, on the odd occasion enjoy a flutter, I do think it is important that companies like Ladbrokes are responsible and highlight the dangers too.

This is why I pleased they are promoting the “When The Fun Stops, Stop” campaign which encourages people to stay in control and treat gambling as a ‘fun activity’ rather than a means of making money.

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As part of National Tourism Week I called in to Moss Wood Caravan Park in Cockerham to have a look around the site and see one of the new touring vehicles.

I was surprised to see how much things have changed in recent years with the design of both the touring and static ‘vans’.

As many of you will know we have numerous holiday caravan sites in our area and I do think it is important to recognise the contribution that they make to our local economy by attracting visitors throughout the year.

It was good to welcome Sajid Javid, Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport to Lancaster to visit Dukes Theatre and see the work they do with dementia and disabled groups.

This was a great opportunity to showcase the work that the Dukes does within the community, both town and university while helping me in the ongoing Regions versus London funding debate.

Sajid also paid a visit to B4RN up in Quernmore to witness first hand their incredible broadband service as well as discuss what more can be done to help community groups like them.