MY WEEK IN WESTMINSTER

This week I have had various meetings in Parliament in the wake of my Westminster Hall debate on the state of British high streets. During the debate I spoke about the potential damage which could be caused to local shops by an over-proliferation of charity shops, particularly by major national chains. While I believe charity shops provide many important services for communities it is vital that there is a balance between the needs of those charities and traders struggling to make a living in our town centres. Following... Read more »
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Fylde MP pays tribute to the Queen on her 90th birthday

Mark Menzies MP said he was proud to be representing Fylde in the House of Commons as Parliament paid tribute to the Queen on Her Majesty’s 90th birthday. The Member of Parliament added: “It was a real privilege to sit in the House of Commons today, representing Fylde as Parliament paid tribute to the Queen’s extraordinary life and accomplishments as our sovereign. “The dignity and commitment to the people of Britain which has been the hallmark of Her Majesty’s reign is a lesson to all of us... Read more »

MY WEEK IN WESTMINSTER

This week I met with the clinical chief officer for Fylde and Wyre Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), Dr Tony Naughton, to discuss future health provision in St Annes. The meeting came about after the CCG revealed plans to move Poplar House Surgery into the nearby Durham Avenue Health Centre, as its building is no longer fit for purpose. For me, that centre is already extremely busy and to fill up what space remains with more patients seems to be short-term thinking, particularly in light of the hundreds... Read more »
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Mark Menzies quizzes Home Secretary over rural policing in Fylde

MARK Menzies MP has questioned the Home Secretary in Parliament about issues with policing in rural areas of Fylde. The Member of Parliament raised the issue after a recent surgery in Freckleton where problems accessing police support were raised, including by one shopkeeper who said they had reported a theft on Boxing Day only to receive a response in March. Speaking in the House of Commons, Mr Menzies said: “In Fylde, concerns have been raised about the Police and Crime Commissioner spreading resources away from rural areas. “What... Read more »

MP meets health bosses over new St Annes surgery plans

FYLDE MP Mark Menzies has met with health chiefs to discuss plans for a new surgery in St Annes. The meeting came after Fylde and Wyre Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) revealed proposals to move Poplar House Surgery into the nearby Durham Avenue Health Centre, as its building is no longer fit for purpose. Mr Menzies set up a meeting with the CCG’s clinical chief officer Dr Tony Naughton and estates manager Phil Hargreaves after discussing the suitability of the proposal with residents and patient groups. Following the meeting,... Read more »
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