MOST people will by now be aware of the phrase “the big society.” Launched by the Prime Minister last week, who called it his “great passion,” the policy aims, in simple terms, to give power to the people. The concept will give local groups the chance to run facilities like libraries and post offices, shape housing projects and even get involved in the running of transport services. It’s an idea I fully support and I’m delighted to say it seems to be already in... Read more »


Life as a Member of Parliament, I’m finding, can be very, very busy. Each day, I have a diary packed full of appointments with everyone from the Chancellor of the Exchequer to international ambassadors. Take last week for instance. I had a packed diary, visiting businesses and the local youth MP in the constituency while also speaking four times in the House of Commons. I have also met, along with other North West MP’s, with the Chancellor of the Exchequer while attending defence briefings, an event... Read more »

Young people pocket a great deal

Mark meets his young apprentice FYLDE’S Youth MP has been congratulated by her adult counterpart for securing a fantastic new travel deal for young people across Lancashire. Helen Rendle, who is 17, has campaigned for two years with her colleagues from Fylde Youth Council for better bus travel rates. And now they have managed to secure a deal with Stagecoach Buses which will see 16 to 18 year olds – who would normally pay full adult fares – get on the bus for the price of a child... Read more »

Fighting for Fylde farmers

First question in the House of Commons FYLDE’S new Member of Parliament, Mark Menzies, has asked his first question in the House of Commons, focusing on slashing red tape to help Fylde’s farmers. Speaking at a Departmental Question time on Food, Agriculture and Rural Affairs (DEFRA), Mark asked the Secretary of State for DEFRA, Caroline Spelman, what plans her department had to reduce regulation on farmers. In reply, Minister of State for DEFRA, James Paice MP, himself a farmer, said the new coalition Government wanted to slash “bureaucratic burdens”... Read more »

Maiden Speech

Maiden Speech, 21st June 2010: The hon. Member for Plymouth, Moor View (Alison Seabeck) made a light-hearted reference to her second maiden speech, but I am proud to tell the House that this is my first maiden speech. If the House will indulge me for a few moments, I would like to take this opportunity to pay tribute to my predecessor as a Member of Parliament for Fylde, the right hon. Michael Jack. Michael was known to the House most recently as an incredibly capable MP who served... Read more »