MY WEEK IN WESTMINSTER

On Friday I attended a special sitting of the House for the second reading of Bob Neill MP's bill for an in/out referendum on Europe by the end of 2017. Another version of this bill by James Wharton MP failed to make it through the House of Lords earlier this year due to opposition from Labour and the Liberal Democrats and I felt that was a great shame. The people of Britain deserve to have their say on our position in Europe and I hope this latest... Read more »
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MP quizzes Minister over BAE exports

FYLDE MP Mark Menzies has asked for continued Government support for aircraft exports in the wake of job cut announcements at BAE Systems in Lancashire. The Member of Parliament quizzed the Minister responsible for defence exports in the House of Commons about efforts to secure sales of Typhoon and Hawk aircraft, particularly into new markets in the Far East. Speaking during Defence Questions on Tuesday, Mr Menzies said: “The Minister might be aware that there have recently been announced new job losses in management positions at BAE... Read more »
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MY WEEK IN WESTMINSTER

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 »
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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 »
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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 »
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