MY WEEK IN WESTMINSTER

Last week I attended the World Cancer Day briefing held in Westminster. At the event I was delighted to meet with Cancer Research UK ambassador Clive Barley, from Lytham, who spoke passionately about the Cross Cancer Out campaign that aims to bring forward the day that all cancers are cured through early diagnosis and access to the best, evidence-based treatments. With one in two people now at risk from being diagnosed with cancer at some point in their lives, there has never been a more important... Read more »
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Fylde MP in homes flood fears

FYLDE MP Mark Menzies has written to the Environment Agency over fears that homes are at risk of flooding in Lytham. The Member of Parliament regularly corresponds with the agency on behalf of farmers who are deeply concerned about waterlogged fields in the area and the effect it has on their livelihoods. However, during recent heavy rain spells Mr Menzies noticed that land close to homes in the area was becoming noticeably more sodden. He said: “I have raised this issue with the Environment Agency time and again and farmers still keep telling me... Read more »
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Mark Menzies wants to find Fylde’s Woman of the Year

WOMEN of Fylde – we need you? Mark Menzies MP has teamed up with Lytham businesswoman Katie Fieldhouse in a bid to find Fylde’s Woman of the Year 2014. Mr Menzies approached Katie, a past president of Fylde Soroptomist and Lytham St Annes Business and Professional Women, to help with the search to find one woman in Fylde who goes above and beyond for their community. They may be high-flyers from the business community or selfless volunteers working tirelessly to help vulnerable members of the community; the Member... Read more »
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MP: Investment needed at Fylde railway station

FYLDE MP Mark Menzies questioned the Rail Minister over improvements to Kirkham and Wesham Railway Station during a debate in Westminster Hall. The Member of Parliament raised the issue during the session, which had been called to look into issues with rail services on the Blackpool North line. Mr Menzies told the Minister, Claire Perry MP, that the station was badly in need of investment, particularly on its disabled facilities, something which had become even more evident following the recent reintroduction of the Blackpool North to London direct route. The Minister agreed she would take his points away to see... Read more »

Minister quizzed by Fylde MP over disabled work scheme

FYLDE MP Mark Menzies asked about Government plans to support people with mental health issues in their careers during a session in the House of Commons. The Member of Parliament was speaking during Work and Pensions Questions and asked the Minister about the department’s Disability Confident campaign. The project involves the Government working with employers to remove barriers for disabled people, increase understanding in the workplace and ensure they have the opportunities to fulfil their potential and realise their aspirations. Speaking in the Commons, Mr Menzies said: “Mental... Read more »
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