Fylde MP backs Diabetes UK’s care campaign

FYLDE MP Mark Menzies has backed a call by Diabetes UK for local action on better care plans for those living with the condition. Mr Menzies attended the launch of the charity’s State of the Nation 2015 report in Parliament this week. The report highlighted that many people with diabetes are not getting the recommended annual checks they need to manage their condition, which is leading to record rates of complications, avoidable deaths and large costs to the NHS. The health service spends £10bn annually on diabetes, but... Read more »


THIS week I signed a Book of Commitment in the House of Commons for Holocaust Memorial Day which this year takes place on January 27, the 70th anniversary of the liberation of the Auschwitz-Birkenau Concentration Camp. Sadly, some of the deeply unsettling issues from that time are still present today, as we have seen from the recent horrific attack on a kosher supermarket in Paris, and, unfortunately, in some anti-Semitic incidents here in the UK. I visited the Auschwitz-Birkenau camp with a group of schoolchildren from Fylde... Read more »

Mark Menzies MP welcomes independent shale gas monitoring

FYLDE MP Mark Menzies has called plans for independent monitoring of shale gas exploration sites by the British Geological Survey “a move in the right direction”. Since first coming to Parliament, Mr Menzies has been pushing for independent checks and robust regulation surrounding the shale gas industry. He today welcomed the news that the respected body will carry out on-the-ground monitoring of potential pollution and seismic activity – but added that more can be done. The Member of Parliament added: “Since I first became involved in the shale... Read more »

Government loan scheme praised by MP

MARK Menzies MP today welcomed new figures which show the Government’s Start-Up Loans Scheme has helped 29 people in Fylde set up their own business. The programme provides funding and mentoring support to people who want to launch their own companies and Mr Menzies said he was proud of the way the Government supports local business. He added: “We back small businesses which bring jobs to our local communities, and our long-term plan aims to make Britain the best place in the world to start and grow... Read more »

Fylde MP hails new pensioner bond scheme

FYLDE MP Mark Menzies today welcomed the launch of a new National Savings and Investments (NS&I) Bond for pensioners. The new bonds, for people aged 65 and over, will offer market-leading rates and support people who rely on their savings in retirement. And Mr Menzies said it was good to see savers receive a welcome boost after a difficult period of low interest rates. He added: “This is great news for pensioners in Fylde. It’s time savers were rewarded and these bonds do that by giving older savers... Read more »
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