MY WEEK IN WESTMINSTER

I met with Jobcentre Plus leaders to discuss our St Annes facility this week, and was pleased to learn the service is staying put. There were fears, when plans were lodged for an alternative use for the site, that we could lose the facility. The truth is, the centre would have stayed in the town one way or another, but bosses have now confirmed it will stay in its... Read more »

Fylde MP Mark Menzies backs bigger fines for litter louts

Fylde MP Mark Menzies has backed almost doubling fines for litter louts who mindlessly throw rubbish from their vehicles. Environment Minister Thérèse Coffey has announced maximum on-the-spot fines for dropping litter will almost double from April next year - from the current limit of £80 to £150 - in order to deter and punish the anti-social minority who continue to drop rubbish. Cleaning up our streets and countryside currently... Read more »
The Highways Agency's plan for a Southern bypass on the A585

Fylde MP welcomes progress on A585 relief route

Fylde MP Mark Menzies has welcomed progress on a vital road linking Fylde and Wyre constituencies. The 4.5km section of the A585 between Windy Harbour junction and Skippool junction is a severe bottle-neck, affecting people’s journeys between the M55 and the northern part of the Fylde peninsula. Journey times and safety need improving since it’s among the worst 10 per cent of routes in the North. And capacity on the route needs significantly increasing  to support employment, economic development and growth opportunities. Mr Menzies said:  "This investment will help significantly... Read more »

Mark Menzies backs Springfields nuclear fuels workers

Fylde MP Mark Menzies spoke during the Nuclear Safeguard Bill debate which will help protect the British nuclear industry throughout the Brexit process. Mr Menzies spoke in support of the 1,200 nuclear fuel workers at Springfields in Fylde, as well as the wider industry. He said the Bill must ensure the nuclear industry is able to trade from the 'first post-Brexit moment'. In the House of Commons, he said: "This Nuclear Safeguard Bill is of real importance to the 1,200 people who work at Springfields nuclear fuels in... Read more »

MY WEEK IN WESTMINSTER

This week I met up with BAE bosses and union leaders to discuss the potential job losses following a fall in order numbers for Eurofighter Typhoon. I met Chris Boardman, managing director of Military Air and Information at Warton, before meeting union reps at Warton, and later those from Brough in Westminster, to discuss the order book and where the Government can help win more work for our highly-skilled workforce. Read more »