Fylde Woman of the Year to be named on Sunday

The title of Fylde Woman of the Year will be won on Sunday – after judges revealed it was the closest decision yet. Fylde MP Mark Menzies, who stages the event every year in conjunction with The Lytham St Annes Express, said there were more entries, and more difficult decisions for the judging panel than ever before. He added: "This year, the standard of nominees has been higher than ever before. "I'm delighted to see we had more entries than in previous years - and every one of... Read more »

MP calls for debate over cryptosporidium investigation

Fylde MP Mark Menzies has pressed the Government to end the silence over an investigation which saw 300,000 people unable to use their tap water for more than a month. Mr Menzies, who this week criticised the Drinking Water Inspectorate for refusing to give any information about the investigation into the August 2015 incident, asked in a Parliamentary debate for the Government to intervene. Mr Menzies said "In August 2015, 300,000 households in Lancashire were affected by the loss of drinking water as a result of the... Read more »

MY WEEK IN WESTMINSTER

It is now 18 months since we were forced to boil water on the Fylde coast for more than a month – and the Drinking Water Inspectorate refuses to give any update. This is wrong and completely unacceptable. If the Inspectorate cannot yet reveal the cause of the cryptosporidium outbreak in Lancashire’s water in August 2015, it has a duty to let people know where it is up to. I have written to the DWI. It is like banging your head against a brick wall. They reply quite... Read more »

Prime Minister praises BAE Systems for apprentice degree schemes

MP Mark Menzies highlighted the work of Fylde coast apprentices to Prime Minister Theresa May. Mr Menzies called on the Prime Minister to encourage more commitment to degree-level apprenticeships when he spoke during Prime Minister's Question Time. And he took the opportunity to praise firms on the Fylde coast for their work with apprentices in the process. During the session, which took place immediately before the Budget, he said: "In National Apprenticeship Week, it is important to recognise this Government’s commitment to investment, apprenticeships and skills. "Will the Prime... Read more »

Fylde MP welcomes Budget for working families

Fylde MP Mark Menzies has welcomed a Budget which will put more money in the hands of working families. Mr Menzies said: "We again see a budget to help working families from the Chancellor. "The rise in personal allowance to £11,500 puts hundreds of pounds back into every household. "And the doubling of childcare to 30 hours a week will help thousands of families. "Real wages have risen for 27 months in a row - more good news for those in employment. "I'm also delighted with the £435m package to... Read more »
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