The introduction of the new National Living Wage this week is one of the most significant innovations the government has introduced for British workers since coming to power. It means workers aged 25+ must be paid at least £7.20 an hour by law from now on. By 2020 that is forecast to rise to £9. In real terms it means 1.3 million of the lowest-paid in our society will now earn more for every hour they work. That is something we should all be proud of. However, we... Read more »

Fylde MP welcomes Kuwait Typhoon deal

FYLDE MP Mark Menzies today welcomed an agreement with the Kuwait government to buy 28 Typhoon aircraft, protecting thousands of aerospace jobs in Lancashire. The Member of Parliament was speaking after the Gulf State became the eighth country in the world, and third in the Middle East, to invest in the multi-role combat aircraft. The final agreement was signed off this week and it is hoped the move will further strengthen the relationship between Kuwait and the UK governments. Mr Menzies said: “This is great news for BAE... Read more »


This week I raised a case in Parliament of a constituent who has been let down by the energy company which failed to carry out the required work to his central heating system after his boiler was upgraded under the Government’s affordable warmth scheme. This policy has been lauded by many people who have benefitted from a replacement or upgraded boiler but there has been no obligation for companies to upgrade the rest of the heating system to ensure it works with the improved boiler. This has... Read more »

Mark Menzies MP hails Lytham Brewery’s Parliament appearance

FYLDE MP Mark Menzies raised a glass after Lytham Brewery was chosen to provide a St Patrick’s Day tipple for Parliament’s famous Strangers’ Bar. The brewery has become renowned for producing high quality fare for lovers of real ale since it was established in 2007 at the Hastings club in Lytham town centre. And that reputation helped secure a guest spot in one of the House of Commons’ most exclusive watering holes, on the terrace alongside the river Thames. Mr Menzies, who is a member of the All-Party... Read more »

Mark Menzies MP announces Fylde Woman of the Year 2016

Mark Menzies MP saluted the achievements of women from across Fylde after announcing the results of his annual Woman of the Year event. The contest – which is organised by the Member of Parliament and Lytham businesswoman Katie Fieldhouse, in conjunction with the Lytham St Annes Express – saw an extremely high calibre of women nominated this year, who have all gone that extra mile for their communities. This year's winner – Pam Young – is renowned across Fylde for her work with disabled children and adults,... Read more »