This week I met with employment minister Priti Patel MP to discuss plans for St Annes’ Jobcentre Plus. I raised this issue with the minister after an application was put in to Fylde Council to turn the building – Westmorland House on Orchard Road – into flats. I submitted a written Parliamentary question to the Ministers and the story was picked up by the Lytham St Annes Express, which ran it on its front page due to the importance of the issue. The minister took on board my... Read more »

Mark Menzies MP attends opening of Home-Start charity shop

Fylde MP Mark Menzies attended the opening of a new charity shop in St Annes and spoke of his support for the venture. The Home-Start Blackpool, Fylde and Wyre store opened on St Alban’s Road on Friday, to raise vital funds to allow the charity to continue its important work supporting young families. Mr Menzies said: “I was delighted to be able to attend the opening of this shop, which will help Home-Start Blackpool, Fylde and Wyre continue giving support to those in need. “While people may be... Read more »


This week I organised a meeting for an award-winning local charity with the Prisons Minister to discuss their views on how prisoners can best be rehabilitated and readied for re-introduction into society. Jobs, Friends & Houses takes ex-offenders who have struggled with a range of issues - including addiction, mental health problems and homelessness - and gives them work, a positive support network and somewhere to live. The organisation uses the experiences of staff members to ensure people avoid the common pitfalls which can lead to... Read more »

Fylde MP quizzes department over job centre’s future

Mark Menzies MP has questioned Ministers over plans for St Annes Job Centre. The Member of Parliament submitted a written question to the Department for Work and Pensions after becoming concerned about the future of the current site on Orchard Road. He said: “I recently read that an application had been submitted to build flats on the Westmorland House site and wanted to find out more about what the department plans to do with that facility. “I therefore submitted a Parliamentary question to the Minister but unfortunately received... Read more »


This week I met with members of AFC Fylde’s Community Foundation team to discuss the excellent work they do across Fylde. It was a pleasure to meet Tom and Chris and listen to the enthusiasm they have for the various projects they have ongoing, and their plans for the future. As well as working with ex-offenders, schools and children’s groups across Fylde to engage with participants through sport, I learnt that the foundation is also working with young people at Weeton Barracks, many of whom have now... Read more »