Mark Menzies MP with Alison Plackitt from independent bookseller Plackitt and Booth

MY WEEK IN WESTMINSTER

It was Small Business Saturday this weekend, and I hope we all made a conscious effort to support the fantastic independent retailers in our towns and villages. They create wealth for our area employing staff who spend locally, and small businesses pay their taxes. I met with representatives of the Federation of Small Businesses in Parliament this week to talk about its new report, An Entrepreneurial North, focussing on... Read more »
Fylde MP Mark Menzies at BAE Systems' Warton plant

Mark Menzies MP calls on Government to commit to sixth generation fighter plane

Fylde MP Mark Menzies has called on the Government to commit to a sixth generation fighter aircraft, to maintain jobs at BAE Systems. Mr Menzies spoke in a Defence Aerospace Industrial Strategy debate in Parliament and called for a long-term project which would sustain jobs at the Warton site in his constituency. There are around 6,000 people employed at the site, which hosts the final assembly line for Eurofighter. In the debate, Mr Menzies said: "The former Prime Minister David Cameron visited my constituency on three occasions, all... Read more »

MY WEEK IN WESTMINSTER

Democracy is in full bloom at AKS Junior School - and I was there first-hand to see it. I was delighted to be asked by teacher Mr Rice and headteacher Mr Walton to visit the children and talk about how Parliament works. AKS is a member of Round Square, a group of some 168 schools worldwide which aim to inspire the younger generation. Its ideals are internationalism, democracy, environmentalism,... Read more »

Mark Menzies welcomes Budget’s NHS, homes and tax break boosts

Fylde MP Mark Menzies has backed a Budget which means billions of pounds for the NHS, lower taxes, and help to get Britain housebuilding again. Mr Menzies said: "This is a budget that has put more money in people's pockets. "The personal tax allowance has risen to £11,850, the equivalent of a £600 pay rise for everyone in employment earning the national minimum wage upwards. "And the National Living Wage has been... Read more »
Mark Menzies with David Eva

MY WEEK IN WESTMINSTER

When I was first elected MP for Fylde, I pledged to try and help improve the South Fylde rail line. This week, I met with Network Rail and Northern Rail representatives to ask for firm plans to be put in place to increase frequency on the line. I have spoken to ministers who appear receptive to funding improvements to the South Fylde railway which has been historically neglected. At one end is Blackpool Pleasure Beach, one of the biggest tourist attractions in the UK, which needs better service,... Read more »