Mark meets staff at Lytham Insurance firm

FYLDE MP Mark Menzies has praised workers at Lytham-based insurance giant Aegon following a tour of their workplace. Mr Menzies was keen to meet with staff and senior executives at Aegon as they prepare for a consultation process over the refocusing of their business. It is possible that some jobs could go as part of the process with the company looking to cut costs by around 25 per cent. Despite the uncertainty though, Mr Menzies said he was impressed by the positive attitudes of the workforce. “It was a... Read more »

MY WEEK IN WESTMINSTER

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 »

MY WEEK IN WESTMINSTER

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 »
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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 »