LAST week I had the honour of attending an address by German Chancellor Angela Merkel in the Royal Gallery of the Palace of Westminster. The event was for members of both houses, and it was a fitting environment in which to hear Mrs Merkel speak about the deep historic ties between Britain and Germany and the high price paid by both countries during the two world wars. As someone who spent the early part of her life and career in communist East Germany, the Chancellor knows only... Read more »

MP attends football team opening event

FYLDE MP Mark Menzies swapped the political arena for the sporting arena during a visit to a local football ground. The Member of Parliament was at the Blackpool Road North Playing Fields on Saturday for the official opening of St Annes FC’s new changing rooms and kitchen facilities. The ribbon was cut on the project by St Annes chef and businessman Paul Rowley, who is in charge of catering at Blackpool FC. Following the event, Mr Menzies said: “Investment in grass roots sport is key to continuing participation... Read more »

MP’s export event hailed a success

FYLDE MP Mark Menzies has hosted an event aimed at getting local businesses exporting. The meeting was held in conjunction with UK Trade and Investment (UKTI) and took place at BAE Systems’ Warton aerodrome with around 30 local businesses sending representatives to attend. Various speakers covered a wealth of topics to encourage small and medium companies to take the plunge into the potentially lucrative export markets. Mr Menzies said: “I know there are many businesses here in Fylde which would perform incredibly well should they take their goods... Read more »

Mark Menzies meets top apprentices at BAE Systems

FYLDE MP Mark Menzies praised a group of apprentices during a meeting at BAE Systems’ Warton aerodrome. The event on Friday came ahead of Apprenticeship Week - which runs from March 3 to March 7 - and saw the Member of Parliament speak to the young workers about the opportunities top quality on-the-job training can provide. It comes as the latest figures were released showing new apprentices in Fylde gave local businesses a boost of £1.7m last year. Mr Menzies said: “It was a pleasure to meet such... Read more »


THIS week I have had rather an unusual experience in Parliament after agreeing to have a journalist shadow me for a couple of days while I was carrying out my duties as MP for Fylde. The reporter in question, David Sharman, covers the Fylde area for the Blackpool Gazette and also writes for the Lytham St Annes Express and he came down to cover various events and meetings I was due to attend. During his time with me we attended a meeting at 10 Downing Street and... Read more »
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