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Mark Menzies MP: Why I support relaxed Sunday trading laws

Before the 2012 London Olympics, I introduced a Ten Minute Rule Bill, enabling shops to open for longer hours on Sundays during special events. And I was delighted when the Chancellor of the Exchequer decided to implement emergency legislation to this effect for August and September 2012. The result was an increase of 3.2 per cent in retail, compared to 1.6 per cent the following month when the restrictions were back in place. The economic case for extending this legislation permanently is undeniable. Internet sales now... Read more »
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MY WEEK IN WESTMINSTER

THIS week I paid a visit to BAE Systems in Warton where I was updated on the company’s current work and plans for the future. While I was there I was also briefed on the progress of the Warton Enterprise Zone, which I helped secure in 2012 and which it is envisaged will provide thousands of jobs for the area in the coming years. While BAE Systems is an important employer in Fylde and provides well-paid and highly-skilled roles for a great many constituents, it is important... Read more »

MY WEEK IN WESTMINSTER

This week I have had some important meetings over issues which affect large numbers of people in different areas in Fylde. I met with local residents in St Annes over plans for an extension to Durham Avenue Medical Centre and nearby Poplar House Surgery moved into the premises. I have a number of issues with these plans, not least because they will see thousands of new patients added to an already busy site. Those living around Durham Avenue and Stephen Street will tell you that they already have... Read more »
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Fylde MP visits Heathrow Airport to discuss expansion plans

FYLDE MP Mark Menzies visited Heathrow Airport to review plans for a new third runway at Britain’s largest international hub. The Member of Parliament was invited to the airport as a member of the Transport Select Committee and was told how the proposals to increase capacity are vital for the UK to keep up with competition from Amsterdam, Paris and Frankfurt. Following the visit, Mr Menzies said it was clear that the existing infrastructure at Heathrow makes building a third runway the only viable option. He added: “I... Read more »

MY WEEK IN WESTMINSTER

I recently met with the managing director of Westinghouse Springfields to discuss proposals for the company to build the UK’s first Small Modular Reactor (SMR), which could make Fylde a global centre for a new British nuclear industry. In his Autumn Statement in November, the Chancellor revealed that at least £250m will be spent by 2020 on an ambitious programme to position the UK as a global leader in innovative nuclear technologies. He announced a competition to identify the best value design of SMRs and paved... Read more »
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