LAST week I wrote about the exciting and extremely busy few days at the Conservative party conference. But no sooner had David Cameron finished his speech and I was leaving Birmingham on a train bound for home. My diary secretary Shirley, determined to make me earn my keep, was not content with being busy for around 15 hours a day throughout conference. She had me lined up three days jam packed full of meetings with some very important people and groups in our community. And I’m not... Read more »

Veterans scheme could save cash

WORLD War II heroes have been urged to take a last chance to apply for a scheme which helps them to return to places where they saw active service. The Big Lottery Fund’s Heroes Return scheme provides veterans and their widows with funding for trips overseas along with a spouse or carer. They can also receive funding to help them to take part in any official commemoration’s in the UK. And Fylde MP Mark Menzies has urged veterans who would be keen to do so to seize the... Read more »

Mark welcomes new planning proposals for travellers sites

LAWS making it more difficult to create and win planning permission for illegally created travellers sites are set to be introduced by the Government. Fylde MP Mark Menzies wrote to the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, Eric Pickles MP, following continual complaints from residents near the travellers site on Fairfield Road. He pressed the Government on their plans to deal with sites such as the one on Fairfield Road and urged action. In response Parliamentary Under Secretary Bob Neill MP said the Government wanted to... Read more »


HISTORY is often made at party conferences. From young William Hague’s immortal: “some of you won’t be around in 30 or 40 years,” quip just up the road in Blackpool to the naming of Ed Milliband as Labour leader last week – the party conferences often push personalities to the fore. And this week too our leader David Cameron will, I am sure, again distinguish himself on one of the biggest stages of all. But as I write to you from Birmingham’s ICC, at my... Read more »


EDUCATION, as we all know, is absolutely vital to the future of our nation. It is the building block upon which people of all ages can develop careers, broaden their horizons and shape their futures. It aids personal development, increases earning potential and strengthens our understanding of the wider world. And most of all it is the most important factor in the lives of the future of our country – young people. And this week, with Parliament in recess due to the start of the party conference... Read more »