This week I organised a meeting for an award-winning local charity with the Prisons Minister to discuss their views on how prisoners can best be rehabilitated and readied for re-introduction into society. Jobs, Friends & Houses takes ex-offenders who have struggled with a range of issues - including addiction, mental health problems and homelessness - and gives them work, a positive support network and somewhere to live. The organisation uses the experiences of staff members to ensure people avoid the common pitfalls which can lead to... Read more »

Fylde MP quizzes department over job centre’s future

Mark Menzies MP has questioned Ministers over plans for St Annes Job Centre. The Member of Parliament submitted a written question to the Department for Work and Pensions after becoming concerned about the future of the current site on Orchard Road. He said: “I recently read that an application had been submitted to build flats on the Westmorland House site and wanted to find out more about what the department plans to do with that facility. “I therefore submitted a Parliamentary question to the Minister but unfortunately received... Read more »


This week I met with members of AFC Fylde’s Community Foundation team to discuss the excellent work they do across Fylde. It was a pleasure to meet Tom and Chris and listen to the enthusiasm they have for the various projects they have ongoing, and their plans for the future. As well as working with ex-offenders, schools and children’s groups across Fylde to engage with participants through sport, I learnt that the foundation is also working with young people at Weeton Barracks, many of whom have now... Read more »

Fylde MP backs Love Your Local Market campaign

Fylde MP Mark Menzies has urged residents to Love their Local Market after a national campaign was launched to support street traders. The Love Your Local Market (LYLM) scheme this year runs between May 17th and 31st and the Member of Parliament said markets provide a great way for local producers to sell their goods. And Mr Menzies, who worked in marketing for some of the UK’s largest supermarket chains before entering Parliament, believes campaigns such as Love Your Local Market provide an excellent platform to remind... Read more »

Mark Menzies MP supports the Great British Food Campaign

Fylde MP Mark Menzies has revealed his pride in backing the national Great British Food Campaign. From Lytham Brewery to Bonds of Elswick Ice Cream, Fylde boasts some of the highest quality food and drink producers in the UK. And now the five-year Great British Food Campaign, led by Environment Secretary Elizabeth Truss, has been set up to further promote British food and drink at home and abroad. The Great British Food Unit will support the campaign, turbo-charging exports, supporting inward investment and championing the excellence of home-grown... Read more »
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