I congratulated the Prime Minister in the House of Commons this week after he pledged a £178bn investment in our national defences as part of the Strategic Defence and Security Review. Over the next decade we will create two new strike brigades, forces of up to 5,000 personnel each, fully equipped to deploy rapidly and sustain themselves in the field as part of the review. We will also invest in nine maritime patrol aircraft to protect our nuclear deterrent, hunt down hostile submarines and enhance our... Read more »

Fylde MP and MEP meet Save Blackpool Airport over site’s future

FYLDE MP Mark Menzies and local Member of the European Parliament, Sajjad Karim, met with the Save Blackpool Airport group and offered their support to ensure a vibrant airfield is at the centre of any development plans at the site. The meeting came after the Government recently gave the airport site enterprise zone status and announced a new £10m energy college would be built on the land off Squires Gate Lane, South Shore. While the new Enterprise Zone received Mr Menzies backing, he wanted to make it... Read more »

Fylde MP secures commitment from Prime Minister over Fylde-built aircraft

FYLDE MP Mark Menzies said he was delighted that the Prime Minister had committed to continue Government backing for British-built unmanned aerial combat vehicles. The news came after Mr Menzies asked the Rt Hon David Cameron MP to ensure investment went to UK defence companies involved in such projects, including BAE Systems in Warton, rather than simply buying units “off the shelf” from elsewhere. Mr Menzies questioned the Prime Minister following Monday’s statement on the UK’s national security strategy and the strategic defence and security review. The Fylde... Read more »

Mark Menzies MP in visit to Fylde claims company

FYLDE MP Mark Menzies visited a major local employer to discuss developments in the transport sector and potential future growth for the company. The Member of Parliament spoke to staff at Slater and Gordon Solutions, formerly A I Claims Solutions, on Blackpool Business Park and received a tour of the operation. The Fylde coast motor services unit provides claims management and related services, managing motor claims from the initial incident through to final resolution. Its clients include some of the UK’s leading insurance companies as well as... Read more »

Fylde MP Mark Menzies to meet BAE bosses over job cuts

FYLDE MP Mark Menzies today spoke of his disappointment in the wake of the announcement of job losses at BAE Systems in Warton. In a Trading Statement issued today, BAE outlined proposals to reduce the workforce by up to 371 roles in its Military Air & Information business, across its Samlesbury and Warton sites. The 28 potential job losses at Warton will be in manufacturing and some associated areas, which reflects a reduction in the production rate of Typhoon major units to the optimum rate required to... Read more »
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