This week will be the last time I write in the Visitor until after the election on May 7.
My team will still be available throughout the election period to help with any urgent enquiries and issues, however please be aware that many Government departments will be unable to engage with us until May 8.
Far from winding down, Parliament has been incredibly busy this week, with the main feature being the budget.
I was especially pleased to see one of the measures I worked on the removal of class 2 NI for self-employed people make it into the budget to help people run their businesses more efficiently.
This week in the chamber I took part in Prime Minister’s Questions.
I asked: “I want to thank the Prime Minister for steering this country in the past five years through economic waters never seen before, caused by the previous Labour Government.
“Does he agree that 765,000 people starting up their businesses since 2010, the highest quota since the 1980s, is a good thing—unlike the Labour party, when it caused the collapse in the labour market?”
I also participated in the Future of Local news debate supporting the Lancaster Guardian’s position on diversifying into a digital market and then asked William Hague, leader of the House, if after the election, we could have a debate on over 75’s being exempt from paying Council Tax.
On Monday I welcomed Secretary of State for Culture Media and Sport Sajid Javid to Morecambe FC to meet the staff and have a tour of the ground. One of the highlights of the visit was seeing the community sport team and hearing about how much the players and the staff put back into the local community, such as giving school children free tickets to games.
Thursday will see the biggest rock concert at the Winter Gardens since the restoration. There are still tickets available, call 01524 582808
If you have an urgent enquiry please call my team on 01524 841225 or email firstname.lastname@example.org, all emails will be forwarded and monitored throughout the election period.