PRIME Ministers Questions is, of course, the big event of the week in Parliament. So it is always a major moment when you have a chance to question the man in charge of running our great country. It was particularly pleasing last week, therefore, to be able to ask a question recognising the importance of a group of people who are very important to all of us – our Armed Forces. Since becoming an MP I have tried to do my best to recognise and understand the hard... Read more »


THE only running I get to do these days comes when I have to rush into Parliament from my office across the road. So I was full of admiration for the competitors last Sunday as I had the honour of starting the Freckleton half-marathon. Sponsored by BAE Systems and the Sweatshop in Wrea Green, the half-marathon is a tremendous, enduring display of community spirit and teamwork which I was proud to be a part of. A day earlier a long week began with my regular constituency surgery. The surgeries... Read more »
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MP backs residential addiction treatment centres

FYLDE MP Mark Menzies has called for greater support for residential alcohol and drug rehabilitation centres. It follows a visit to Pierpoint Addiction Treatment Centre on Clifton Drive North, St Annes, to speak to staff and clients about the service they provide. The visit co-incided with the launch of new report by the Centre for Policy Studies entitled “Breaking the Habit”. The report states that, each year, around £3.6bn is spent on people on benefits and undertaking methadone treatment. The coalition Government are now supporting a new approach... Read more »


“GARDENING requires lots of water – mostly in the form of perspiration.” A great quotation about the joys of tending to plants, gardens and allotments and other greenery. And I must admit, not being a particularly avid gardener myself, I began to feel a drop of my brow at the mere sight of all the gardening equipment I handed over to the children at Heyhouses Primary School on Friday as part of Morrison’s “Let’s Grow” campaign. Fortunately, other than handing the shovels and other equipment over, I didn’t... Read more »
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Supporting breast cancer patients

A LOCAL MP has pledged to step up the fight for improved breast cancer services after it was revealed that UK breast cancer survival rates still lag behind those of other European countries.  Mark Menzies, MP for Fylde and a keen supporter of Breakthrough Breast Cancer, was among around 60 MP’s and peers who attended a special event held by the charity in the House of Commons last week. During the event, the charity said that their research showed that 48,000 UK women are diagnosed with the... Read more »