Fylde MP in talks with BAE Systems over jobs threat

FYLDE MP Mark Menzies today said he would work closely with BAE Systems’ management in a bid to save jobs in Warton. The Member of Parliament met with senior managers at the Warton site after it was announced that 286 managerial roles could be at risk from the company’s Military Air & Information (MAI) arm in Lancashire. During that meeting he made it clear that he was available to support the company in any way he could as it attempts to mitigate against compulsory redundancies in the... Read more »

Mark Menzies meets tidal barrage mastermind

MP Mark Menzies met with a leading businessman to discuss a tidal barrage scheme which could power more than five million homes. The multi-billion pound project, which would see a barrier built across the River Ribble as well as Morcambe Bay and the Mersey, would also vastly reduce journey times around the North West due to roadways being included on each of the crossings. Mr Menzies this week met Alan Torevell, the man behind the North West Business Leadership Team’s proposals, at his constituency office in Fylde... Read more »

MY WEEK IN WESTMINSTER

I was disappointed this week to hear that Blackpool International Airport could be on the verge of closure due to the operator being unable to sell the business to an appropriate buyer. I recently met with the airport’s managing director to discuss the issues currently faced by the hub and had hoped Balfour Beatty would be able to find a company which could take the airport on and make it more profitable and viable. I offered to do all I could to represent the airport’s interests and... Read more »

Fylde MP calls on Government to help save Blackpool Airport

Mark Menzies MP has called on the Government to reduce Air Passenger Duty for smaller regional hubs in a bid to secure the future of Blackpool International Airport. The airport, which is actually located in Mr Menzies’ Fylde constituency, is currently under threat of closure after operator Balfour Beatty failed to find a buyer when it put the business on the market last month. Following the announcement that the airport was for sale, Mr Menzies met with its managing director in Parliament to offer his support, but... Read more »

MY WEEK IN WESTMINSTER

This week I was pleased to hear that Virgin Trains has had its direct service from London to Blackpool approved by the Office of Rail Regulation. Blackpool has been campaigning for a rail link to London ever since the last direct service to the capital was scrapped in May 2003. When the new service to Blackpool was announced in June I campaigned hard to both the Department of Transport and Virgin Trains for stops in rural Fylde to be introduced. With many constituents frequently travelling to London... Read more »
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