A NEW era of British energy production is upon us and I’m proud to say that Lancashire stands at the very heart of it. With an increasing global commitment to reducing carbon emissions and an expected reduction in the use of fossil fuels over the coming decades, new power sources are needed to run our homes, our businesses, our transport; indeed our whole society. And Lancashire, with its diverse sources of energy production, can certainly make a huge contribution to that need. Vitally to the... Read more »

B&Q backed for jobs and training

A LOCAL B&Q store have shown off their innovative approach to their local MP. Mark Menzies MP visited B&Q on Whitehills Business Park to learn more about the way the UK’s leading home improvement and garden centre retailer works. While being shown around the store Mark was interested to hear about the company’s diversity policy, which means a quarter of B&Q’s workforce is over the age of 50 years, with a similar percentage under the age of 25.   He met Frank Edmundson, 73, and Andrew Folder, 16, the store’s... Read more »

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 »


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 »


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 »