It was a sad start to the year with the death of a serving soldier from the 2nd Battalion the Duke of Lancaster's Regiment from Weeton, while on duty in Taji, Iraq. The tragedy serves as a reminder of the bravery of all of our troops working overseas in difficult and dangerous conditions. L Cpl Scott Hetherington was training Iraqi and Kurdish security forces to fight against Daesh – a noble act intended to help keep us all safe. My thoughts go to his family and friends. Turning to... Read more »

Mark Menzies MP asks most questions about fracking in Parliament

Fylde MP Mark Menzies asked more questions about fracking than any other representative in the House of Commons and House of Lords last year. Mr Menzies asked 11 questions of the Government, one more than Baroness Jones of the Green Party. MP Caroline Lucas, co-leader of the Green Party, asked just four questions. Mr Menzies said: “Fracking is an issue I have been working on for some six years now. “The commitment I gave was to ensure that there would be robust regulations put in place to police the... Read more »

Fylde MP calls for transparency over lost Lottery funding

Fylde MP Mark Menzies has called for the report into Lytham Hall's lost Lottery funding to be released. He has blasted Heritage Lottery Fund bosses for refusing to release the auditor's findings after an investigation into monies spent at the hall. Mr Menzies wrote to the Heritage Lottery Fund after it withdrew £1.7m from a restoration project at the Grade I-listed Georgian mansion. But the organisation has refused to reveal what is in a report from auditors Moore Stephens - while it considers a Freedom of Information Act... Read more »


As the end of the year approached, it was good to take a look back at some of the major projects being undertaken in Fylde, and to reflect on the progress we have made on them. It's an ever-present topic but the Moss Road still remains my biggest infrastructure priority. We are so close to seeing work start on this vital link road to the M55. Once built, it will boost the local economy by improving access into the area, and help residents who currently have to... Read more »


With Christmas just days away, around 150 Weeton-based soldiers have begun deploying to Iraq. While we enjoy our time at home with our families, these brave troops, from the 2nd Battalion The Duke of Lancaster's Regiment (2 LANCS), will be taking up the fight against Daesh by training Iraqi and Kurdish security forces. They will be patrolling with British-built Foxhound patrol vehicles which have been tested in the Helmand province of Afghanistan, and teaching local forces how to repel so-called Islamic State fighters. I wish our contingent well,... Read more »
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