Pledge to fight for improved services

A LOCAL MP has promised to tackle the NHS on disability issues and campaign better public services for non-computer users. Mark Menzies MP made the pledges during his latest round of meetings with parish councils. The new MP, who was elected in May, is trying his best to find out more about local issues and help to solve them and has pledged to meet every parish council in Fylde. Recently he met with Freckleton, Elswick and Wesham parish councils. In Wesham, the hot topic was a planning application for... Read more »

MY WEEK IN WESTMINSTER

REMEMBRANCE Sunday is, to my mind, an especially important day in our calendar. So it will be a tremendous honour and truly humbling to represent Fylde as MP for the area at the two services on Sunday in both St Annes and Kirkham. Honouring the men and women who served their country with such bravery in both World Wars remains, I believe, as important today as it ever has been. I am mindful too that as the generations move on and become further ... Read more »

MY WEEK IN WESTMINSTER

PUBS have suffered tremendously over the last few years. Whatever you put it down to; be it the smoking ban, cheaper alcohol available elsewhere or the recession, I think it’s a crying shame. Now like most people I like a pint or two and I’m also acutely aware of how big a part of a community a pub can be. They are a massive part of our social and cultural heritage. So I applaud and commend to you a new campaign which is running throughout this week simply... Read more »

MY WEEK IN WESTMINSTER

AN awful lot has happened since my last column so I’ll get straight down to business. The Strategic Defence and Security Review laid out the Government’s plans for the future of our armed forces last Monday and Tuesday. This, as I have been anticipating since I first became Fylde MP, has of course had a huge impact on BAE Systems – Fylde’s biggest employer. With the Nimrod MRA4 reconnaissance aircraft order now cancelled I know a lot of people who worked on that order will... Read more »

MY WEEK IN WESTMINSTER

CANCER, for many people, is an incredibly difficult and scary subject. It takes the lives of more than one in four people and most of us will have experienced it with either a friend or family member. It’s a truly terrible disease and an issue close to my heart. But it’s not the speed and scope of the disease that makes me want to get involved in helping cancer charities; it’s the inspirational people who campaign for them. The generosity of so many people who took... Read more »