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MY WEEK IN WESTMINSTER

THIS week I had the honour of placing a wreath at St Annes Cenotaph in Ashton Gardens as part of the First World War 100th anniversary commemorations. It was a privilege to be asked to play my part in the service and to take a moment to remember our war dead from all the conflicts Britain has been involved in since the First World War. People arrived in their numbers at both the memorials I attended, in St Annes and Kirkham, to pay their own personal tribute... Read more »

MP praises campaigners over Warton neighbourhood plan

FYLDE MP Mark Menzies has praised the actions of community planning campaigners in Warton during a speech in the House of Commons. Mr Menzies congratulated residents on their work to create a neighbourhood plan, detailing local people’s wishes for future development in the village. The document must now be ratified via a local referendum organised by Fylde Borough Council and the Member of Parliament said he wanted to see that work take place as soon as possible. Mr Menzies told the House: “May I take this opportunity to... Read more »

MY WEEK IN WESTMINSTER

THIS week I have been reflecting on the important role our armed forces play in protecting the UK from those who would wish to do us harm. I recently had the opportunity to spend a few days with the army as part of the Armed Forces Parliamentary Scheme, which was set up to allow participating Members of Parliament to be better informed on issues affecting the military. Speaking to the soldiers while we were out on training exercises it became apparent how much respect the regular army... Read more »
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Fylde MP holds debate over Blackpool Airport future

FYLDE MP Mark Menzies has told the House of Commons that Blackpool Airport has the opportunity to be a vital part of the North West’s transport infrastructure for years to come. The Member of Parliament held an Adjournment Debate in Westminster after operators Balfour Beatty announced the airport was to close last month. Since that time Mr Menzies has had conversations with potential buyers and investors, fellow Fylde coast MPs, the Cities Minister and the Transport Minister to discuss ways to make the airport more attractive for... Read more »

MY WEEK IN WESTMINSTER

On Friday I attended a special sitting of the House for the second reading of Bob Neill MP's bill for an in/out referendum on Europe by the end of 2017. Another version of this bill by James Wharton MP failed to make it through the House of Lords earlier this year due to opposition from Labour and the Liberal Democrats and I felt that was a great shame. The people of Britain deserve to have their say on our position in Europe and I hope this latest... Read more »
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