THIS week I was disappointed by the announcement 286 managerial roles could be at risk across BAE Systems’ Military Air & Information (MAI) arm in Warton and Salmesbury. Whenever potential job losses are announced there is a tendency to talk in terms of the numbers at risk, but it should always be remembered that behind every job is a person with a family. That is why I have made it clear to the management at BAE Systems that they should be doing all they can to mitigate... Read more »

Fylde MP meets Chancellor over skills academy

FYLDE MP Mark Menzies today insisted that a national energy skills academy should be built on the Fylde coast. It comes after months of campaigning which has seen the Member of Parliament hold meetings with the Energy and Skills Minister, Matthew Hancock MP, Blackpool and the Fylde College, Westinghouse Nuclear Fuels and Centrica Energy about the need for a specialist learning centre to provide high-quality workers for engineering projects in the UK and abroad. Planning permission is currently being sought for two shale gas exploration sites in... Read more »

County hall moss road meeting for Fylde MP

FYLDE MP Mark Menzies has met Lancashire County Council to press home the importance of building a new M55 link road as soon as possible. A newly-constructed highway across Marton Moss has been top of Fylde’s infrastructure requirements for years, but since the current route was closed for safety reasons last year it has become even more apparent a new road is essential to replace the decaying farmers’ track. In July, Transport Secretary, the Rt Hon Patrick McLoughlin MP, visited St Annes to announce that the Government... Read more »

Mark Menzies in talks over water works

MP Mark Menzies met United Utilities chiefs to discuss a multi-million pound project which will protect Fylde’s water supply for years to come. The 10-year £12m project, which began in 2006 in East Lancashire, is moving into its final phase and will see workmen moving on to the Fylde coast, beginning at Westby and then heading into Blackpool in the coming months. The scheme will see new pipelines laid to replace old infrastructure which is at risk of leaking and causing water discoloration for homes in Lytham... Read more »


THIS week I have been busy speaking to various people about the imminent closure of Blackpool International Airport. Since the airport was put up for sale last month, I have been in regular contact with current owners Balfour Beatty and it is very sad a final decision to close its doors now appears to have been made by the operator. However, I have recently been having conversations with potential buyers and investors, my fellow Fylde coast MPs and the Transport Minister to discuss ways to make the... Read more »
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