Mark holds talks with Prime Minister on BAE/India deal

FYLDE MP Mark Menzies is set for key talks with the Prime Minister on Monday to ensure the Government is doing everything it can over a crucial BAE export deal to India. Mr Menzies, and a number of colleagues, will be at Downing Street to stress the importance of the deal and Government trade support. It follows announcements in India that the French jet, the Dassault Rafale had secured “preferred bidder” status with the Indian Government in the first round of bidding. Mr Menzies, however, insists the Warton-built... Read more »


MY colleague Ken Clarke was this week named “oldie” of the year, sparking great amusement in and around Westminster. But this week I have a personal nomination of my own – the group of A-level politics students I went to visit at Lytham St Annes High School last week – are my youngsters of the year so far. As part of a question and answer session on the workings on Government they showed a detailed knowledge and great enthusiasm for the subject, asking about everything from the... Read more »

Calling all exporters!

AN event aimed at helping Lancashire businesses who want to export their products is being held in Preston. The meeting, on 16th February at HSBC's Commercial Banking Centre on Caxton Road, Fulwood, Preston (PR2 9NZ) takes place between 11.30am -2.00pm and will feature a number of successful exporters who are willing to share tips and advice. They include Michelle Clarke, head of Talent Dynamics, who has taken her coaching and profiling business across the globe and is currently working in territories such as Australia and Japan and... Read more »


THE tremendous spirit and community the Forces family creates is always heart warming. And this week I got a taste of that firsthand at a little known facility in St Annes and at two special events in London. Richard Peck House is the gleaming red brick building on the corner of Clifton Drive North and St Thomas’ Road.  Like me you’ve probably passed it on a number of occasions but not known exactly what it does. Inside it is a terrific place which provides welfare breaks for RAF families... Read more »
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Protect our countryside, MP urges

A LOCAL MP has urged the Government to reassure Fylde residents that rural areas will not be hit with a stampede of planning applications. With no Local Plan – a key document setting out housing priorities – yet in place in Fylde, residents and parish councils in rural areas contacted Mark Menzies MP to express concern that developers could target rural, countryside areas for house building. Many people told the Fylde MP that they wanted to be sure that countryside areas would be protected. As a result, Mr... Read more »