This week is an extremely poignant one as we reflect on the forthcoming 100th anniversary of the outbreak of the First World War. At the outset of the conflict a century ago, Foreign Secretary Sir Edward Grey famously spoke the immortal line “the lamps are going out all over Europe; we will not see them lit again in our lifetime” before war was declared at 11pm on August 4, 1914 On Monday I will be at the war memorial in Ashton Gardens, where people have been asked... Read more »

MP meets new Energy Minister over shale gas

FYLDE MP Mark Menzies has spoken with the new Energy Minister to reiterate his firm stance regarding potential shale gas exploration in Lancashire. The recent Government reshuffle saw former Skills Minister Matthew Hancock MP replace Michael Fallon in the multiple roles of Minister of State for Business, Innovation and Skills as well as Energy. Mr Hancock recently visited Fylde to meet apprentices at BAE Systems in Warton and has met with Mr Menzies on a number of occasions in his former role to discuss the creation of... Read more »


I recently paid a visit to the Adult Support and Outreach Centre at Clifton Academy in St Annes, where I was delighted to be able to spend some time with the clients who regularly use the services on offer. The centre provides a place for older and vulnerable people to go to socialise with others so they do not become cut off and lonely. There was much celebrating when the service, formerly known locally as Church Road Day Centre, found its new home on Clifton Drive after... Read more »

Former Mayor in Parliament visit

FYLDE MP Mark Menzies was delighted to welcome a Fylde Borough Councillor and former St Annes Mayor to Parliament last week. Cllr Viv Willder was given a tour of the Parliamentary estate before joining Mr Menzies for lunch in the Strangers’ Dining Room. Following the visit, Mr Menzies said: “I often have the pleasure of being able to invite people from Fylde down to Parliament to show off what is not only one of our country’s greatest buildings but is also one that sits at the heart... Read more »

Mark Menzies praises FSB at opening of new premises

FYLDE MP Mark Menzies praised the work of a Fylde based business group during the opening of its new premises. The Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) began life in Fylde but has gone on to become a nationally renowned organisation which represents the interests of thousands of companies around the country. Mr Menzies joined Blackpool South MP Gordon Marsden to open the group’s new office on Sir Frank Whittle Way, St Annes, as part of its ongoing expansion. Following the event, Mr Menzies said: “I was delighted to... Read more »
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