I was disappointed, but not surprised, when Lancashire County Council cabinet members chose not to reverse the authority’s decision to close four out of five of Fylde’s libraries this week. There had been a glimmer of hope that councillors may at least look again at their plans when the council’s scrutiny committee sent the decision back to the cabinet for review. However, the cabinet stuck with the original decision with many members simply using the session on Monday as a chance to try to score political points,... Read more »

Fylde MP welcomes constituent to Parliament

Mark Menzies MP said he was “honoured” to welcome a young Fylde man to Parliament, three years after inviting him to Westminster at the opening of the Warton care unit where he lives. The Member of Parliament met Jamie Bickerstaffe when he was invited to officially open Safehands on Lytham Road by its owner, Fylde entrepreneur Simon Rigby in 2013. During the visit, Jamie showed a keen interest in Parliament and Mr Menzies offered an open invitation to pay him a visit in the House of Commons. Earlier... Read more »


I was delighted to be able to attend the Be Inspired Business Awards (BIBAs) at Blackpool Tower this week for an evening celebrating the achievements of Lancashire companies. I was particularly pleased for Mike Peters, founder of Fylde Universal Products, who picked up the Lancastrian of the Year award for his service to business in the county. While many people will not recognise the name, the Wesham-based company is responsible for manufacturing some of the best-known personal care and pharmaceutical products in the world. Mike is one of... Read more »

Mark Menzies MP tells Government to get tough on cold callers

Fylde MP Mark Menzies has called on the Government to beef up its plans to sanction cold callers who breach direct marketing guidance. Speaking in the House of Commons debate on the Digital Economy Bill, the Member of Parliament voiced concerns that initial proposals do not go far enough to protect vulnerable people against predatory callers. Mr Menzies said: “[This Bill] was written in the assumption that we are dealing with honourable people, but we are not. “The companies that overwhelmingly engage in direct marketing are rogues and... Read more »

Fylde MP asks Government to step in over cryptosporidium inquiry

Fylde MP Mark Menzies has called on the Government to ensure an investigation into a Lancashire water crisis remains on track. The Member of Parliament has written to the Secretary of State at the Department for Food, Environment and Rural Affairs, the Rt Hon Andrea Leadsom MP, to ask her to intervene after long delays in seeing the results of the Drinking Water Inspectorate’s inquiry following last summer’s cryptosporidium outbreak. It comes after Mr Menzies contacted the organisation to find out the status of the investigation but... Read more »
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