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MP campaigns for Afghan women’s rights

FYLDE MP Mark Menzies has leant his support to a campaign for women’s rights in Afghanistan. The Member of Parliament attended an event in Parliament where a cross-party group of MPs and peers gave their backing to Amnesty International’s bid to ensure greater freedoms for Afghan women. The charity says women are facing mounting threats from the Taliban and other armed groups in the country and is urging the Government to provide extra support. In Afghanistan, voting in elections requires voters to press a purple-inked finger onto the... Read more »
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Fundraisers bring in £2,000 for worthy causes

TWO charity events hosted by Fylde MP Mark Menzies made £2,000 for a pair of worthy causes.

Mr Menzies held a charity barbecue at the Hand and Dagger pub in Salwick this summer where £1,600 raised for Macmillan Cancer Support and Dementia UK.

On Saturday, a coffee morning held to hand over the money to representatives from the charities raised a further £400, meaning a total of £1,000 was given to each of the worthy causes.

Mr Menzies said: “Both these charities provide excellent services in our communities... Read more »

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MP praises outgoing Ormerod chief executive

FYLDE MP Mark Menzies has praised the work of retiring Ormerod Chief Executive Sue Sharples. Service users, staff, trustees and friends and family gathered on Friday for the charity’s annual Christmas party while taking the opportunity to thank Sue for the hard work she had put in during her 12 years of service. Ormerod works with people with learning difficulties in Blackpool, Fylde and Wyre, offering support to assist them in taking control of their own lives via a range of services. Sue will be replaced by incoming... Read more »
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Mr Menzies gets assurances over GP contracts

OLDER people in Fylde are to receive a named doctor who will take personal responsibility for their care in future. That was the assurance given to local Member of Parliament Mark Menzies when he questioned the Health Secretary, Jeremy Hunt MP, in the House of Commons this week after the Government announced sweeping health reforms surrounding GP contracts. Under the new plans, named GPs will be allocated to older people, initially those aged over 75 years old but with the possibility that this will be extended. The... Read more »
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MY WEEK IN WESTMINSTER

THIS week it was ten years since Lytham’s flagship Park View 4U organisation was set up by concerned parents who wanted to provide better play facilities for their children. And a decade on, some of those who were integral to creating a park for the community to be proud of were honoured during a gala dinner at Lowther Pavilion. Park View 4U’s motto is ‘putting the heart back into Lytham’ and it is difficult to over-estimate the affect this group of well-meaning volunteers has had on the... Read more »