Cat Smith

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Remembrance Sunday

  On Remembrance Sunday I joined the morning commemorations at the war memorial in Lancaster with my husband Ben representing me at the Cenotaph in Fleetwood. This is a reversal of what I did last year when I attended the commemorations at Fleetwood. Like my predecessor I alternate between Lancaster and Fleetwood for the 11am service every year. Continue reading

Flood Defences - Co-sign my letter to the Chancellor

Storm Desmond and the floods of December 2015 were disastrous for our area, with many homes, farms and businesses flooded. The Environment Agency have proposals for flood defences in Lancaster, the first phase of which must be protecting the Caton Road and Lansil Industrial Estate area. I'm calling on the Government to commit to funding this in the upcoming Autumn Statement.   Co-sign my letter to the Chancellor

The case for joined up healthcare in Lancashire

This week I have had a real focus on looking at the health of our communities in Lancaster and Fleetwood. After seeing the BBC news report last month saying that according to figures from Public Health England on average people in Fleetwood die younger compared to the rest of England. Continue reading

Cat Smith MP presents WASPI petition to parliament

Local MP presents WASPI petition in Parliament This week, I presented a petition to the Speaker of the House of Commons calling for fair transitional arrangements for pensions to be put in place for women born in the 1950s. The petition, which contained signatures from across the local area, was organised by the Women Against State Pension Inequality (WASPI) campaign. WASPI campaign on behalf of women born after 6th April 1951 who have seen their state pension age increase as a result of the 1995 and 2011 Pension Acts. Continue reading

Austerity makes council position impossible

This week we saw the closure of museums, libraries and children's centres across Lancashire. This cultural and social vandalism will have long term effects on communities across the county, so I hope you will forgive me that I don't hold back.  Between 2010 and 2020 councils’ direct funding will have been cut by 79%. These cuts, from the government to local councils, are unfair because they hit some of the neediest councils hardest.  Continue reading

I am Outraged by Government decision to frack Lancashire

Today's announcement is an affront to local democracy. For a government that talks the talk about devolution and localism, it certainly fails when held up to any scrutiny.  Lancashire County Council, our locally elected democratic representatives, took the decision to turn down the two applications for Preston New Road and Roseacre based on right and proper planning issues. For the Secretary of State, who represents a leafy Worcestershire seat, to force fracking upon the people of Lancashire is a slap in the face to democracy and any pretence of devolution to the north.  Continue reading

Our farmers are flooded again & the Government is just watching

Once again, farmers in Winmarleigh are battling flooded fields and the indifference of the Government. It’s heart breaking to be here again, looking at flooded fields again. These farmers are still struggling to recover from the storms of late 2015 which left their fields flooded for months, and no sooner have they dried out, than they are flooded again. Continue reading

Motor Neurone Disease

  This last week of the summer recess I have met with Linda Endicott who co-ordinates the Motor Neurone Disease Association branch in Blackpool, Fylde and Wyre. This is a charity particularly close to my heart after I lost a friend, Rose, to the disease a couple of years ago.  Continue reading

The Samaritans shop re-opens bigger, brighter and better than ever

It's official! The Samaritans shop in Lancaster is open again after Storm Desmond - it's bigger, brighter and better than ever. For those that remember, the shop was badly flooded last December during Storm Desmond, and since then teams of volunteers have worked hard to see the charity shop re-open.  Continue reading

Chat with Cat in Caton

  Thank you to the Caton residents who came out on Thursday evening to my "Chat with Cat" at the Victoria Institute as part of my summer tour of some of the villages in my constituency. I've got plenty of follow up work to do from our chat and I'll be back in touch with you all soon. Continue reading