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Mark Menzies reiterates shale gas regulation demand

Fylde MP Mark Menzies has reiterated his call for a 'gold standard' of regulation to ensure shale gas is extracted safely. Mr Menzies made his comments in light of a United Nations paper which raised issues with the regulatory bodies set to monitor the practice. He said: "I have always called for a gold standard of regulation on the fracking industry if it is to go ahead in the UK. "Public health and safety is paramount. Quite simply, if fracking cannot be carried out safely, it should not... Read more »

MY WEEK IN WESTMINSTER

I am pleased to see this year's St Annes International Kite Festival set to be the biggest yet - thanks to the support of businesses in the town. Organisers have been able to stage an Illuminated Night Fly, complete with music and fireworks on Friday from 8 to 10pm, which promises to be a treat. I hope a good crowd can support the event, which has the backing of Fylde and St Annes Town Councils, as well as a growing number of businesses. Following the successes of Lytham... Read more »

Mark Menzies MP condemns pony attack

Fylde MP Mark Menzies has spoken of his horror at the barbarous attack which saw a Shetland Pony killed, and another seriously injured, in Lea Town. A pony called Lucas was stabbed to death and its mother Matilda was stabbed and tied to a tree with barbed wire Mr Menzies said: “I am utterly appalled at the senseless attack on Shetland Ponies in the constituency at Lea Town. “As an animal lover I am horrified by these events, which saw one pony killed and its mother tied to... Read more »

MY WEEK IN WESMINSTER

I met this week with Lancashire's new Chief Constable Andy Rhodes who knows Fylde very well, having served and lived here for a long time. We met to discuss a number of issues, not least the amount of work police officers are dedicating to people with mental health difficulties. The force has an entire team dedicated to high volume callers, who repeatedly call 999 when it is not necessary. Read more »

Fylde MP Mark Menzies welcomes jobs figures

Fylde MP Mark Menzies has welcomed new jobs figures which show unemployment is at its lowest level since 1975. The total number of unemployed people in Mr Menzies' constituency is 690, a rate of 1.8 per cent. And more young people have found employment in the past year; there were 115 claimants aged 18-24 in Fylde in July 2017, 35 lower than July 2016. Nationally, the number of unemployed people fell 57,000 in the past month, 157,000 fewer than a... Read more »