Over the half term holiday, I visited British Armed Forces personnel in the Falklands. I got a lift to the islands with the RAF, and had an overnight stop on Ascension Island on the way. We stayed in the British Military complex at Mount Pleasant, some 40 miles from the capital, Port Stanley. It was a great privilege to stay with the Armed Forces and to see how important the Typhoon, built by BAE Systems in Warton, is to the islands. It is the centrepiece of the island’s defence. While... Read more »

Heed advice of Met office in storm, urges Fylde MP Mark Menzies

Fylde MP Mark Menzies has urged constituents to heed the advice of the Met Office after it issued severe weather warnings for the Fylde coast. The Met Office has issued an amber warning for high winds and a yellow warning for rain, both associated with Storm Doris, which will arrive on Thursday February 23. Mr Menzies said: "The Met Office warning should not fall on deaf ears. There is no danger in taking precautions when storms hit the coast. Hopefully Storm Doris will be through the area... Read more »

MP’s delight at ‘outstanding’ care home rating

Fylde MP Mark Menzies has congratulated an 'outstanding' Fylde care home after it was inspected by the Care Quality Commission. The CQC found the quality of care provided by Starr Hills, in Ansdell Road South, Ansdell, to be outstanding following the inspection in November 2016. The report has just been released. Starr Hills offers personal care to older people. Set on two floors all bedrooms are single with en-suite facilities. There were 36 people living at Starr Hills at the time of the inspection visit. The service was... Read more »

Last chance to nominate Fylde’s Woman of the Year

The deadline for the Fylde Woman of the Year title is fast approaching. Entries have been flooding in for the annual event, held by MP Mark Menzies and the Lytham St Annes Express, which aims to highlight the unsung heroes of the area. But there's still time to nominate. Mr Menzies said: "This campaign is about giving credit where it is due, and to highlight the work of many women that can go unrecognised. "We ae looking for the business leaders, carers, community stalwarts and volunteers who always go... Read more »


This week it is Recess in Parliament, following some frantic voting on Brexit. It was great to be invited to AKS to take part in the British Heart Foundation-backed Healthy Heart day. Every child at the junior school was given the opportunity to see and practice CPR, and teachers, parents and other members of the community were invited along as well, to make sure as many people as possible can help in a medical emergency. I practised CPR on a dummy and had a chat with many of... Read more »