THIS weekend I will be taking the time during Remembrance Sunday to pay my respects to those who have fought to ensure Britain’s freedom. The annual event - ahead of Monday’s Armistice Day, the anniversary of the end of hostilities in the First World War - will be marked by ceremonies at local war memorials across Fylde. I will be taking part in the procession through St Annes to Ashton Gardens where I will lay a Parliamentary wreath to commemorate the actions of military and civilian personnel... Read more »

Mr Menzies welcomes manorial rights clarity

FYLDE MP Mark Menzies has received reassurances from ministers over applications for manorial rights to land in Kirkham. Mr Menzies was contacted by a number of constituents recently after Land Registry letters were received by householders throughout the market town, stating that someone had made a claim to the mining and mineral rights under their property. This week, the Member of Parliament received a reply from Minister of State, Michael Fallon MP, in which the Minister explained that the letters did not mean any changes to ownership... Read more »

MP welcomes flood defence work

FYLDE MP Mark Menzies today welcomed ongoing work to modernise vital flood defence equipment in Lytham. The Environment Agency scheme to replace the old wooden pen stocks with modern metal barriers beneath the bridge at Preston Road is currently underway. As part of the project, workers will also clear away silt which has been allowed to build up in the tunnels below the road, stopping water clearing from Main Drain into the Ribble Estuary. It is hoped the work will help alleviate recent issues with flooding to agricultural... Read more »


THIS week I was invited to appear on the Sunday Politics show, which was filmed in the BBC’s northern headquarters at Media City in Salford. Every time I visit the site I am impressed at how this area of brownfield land has been transformed into a thriving and developing community, filled with shops, workplaces and homes. Despite a fire alarm in the BBC building meaning we were late starting filming, when we finally got down to business we had a lively debate on council chief executives and... Read more »


THIS week has been a busy one in Parliament, but one in which I’ve had time to reflect on the tremendous role our armed forces play at home and abroad. It comes as troops from the North West’s Infantry, The 2nd Battalion Duke of Lancaster’s Regiment (2 LANCS) returned home to Weeton Barracks following a six month tour in Nad-e Ali, Helmand Province, Afghanistan. I joined colleagues outside Westminster Hall on Tuesday to welcome 120 representatives of the 1st Mechanized Brigade as they marched into the Parliamentary... Read more »
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