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Fylde MP backs industry by calling for further beer duty cuts

FYLDE MP Mark Menzies has sent a “message in a barrel” calling on the Chancellor of the Exchequer to cut beer duty for the fourth consecutive time in next week’s budget. Mr Menzies – who is a member of the All-Party Parliamentary Beer Group – joined the British Beer & Pub Association (BBPA), the Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA) and the Society of Independent Brewers (SIBA) at an industry event in the House of Commons. During the meeting, Mr Menzies spoke to leading industry figures who told... Read more »
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MY WEEK IN WESTMINSTER

Last week I attended a ‘read-in’ at Ansdell Library to protest against Lancashire County Council’s decision to curtail library services, a decision which could see facilities close in Fylde. I was extremely disappointed the county council chose to target libraries as part of its budget process this year and want to see the authority think creatively to ensure we maintain the high levels of service we currently have. I have been in contact with local councillors in all affected areas in Fylde to urge them to support... Read more »

Mark Menzies MP joins new shale gas regulation group

FYLDE MP Mark Menzies has joined a new group set up to campaign for greater regulation of the shale gas industry. The role of the All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for Shale Gas Regulation and Planning will be to press for improved and transparent regulation of the industry. The group will also hold the industry to account and make sure that the local economy, tranquillity and beauty of the countryside is protected if shale gas exploration is to move forward in areas of the UK. Mr Menzies said:... Read more »
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Fylde MP: We must control number of charity shops on our high streets

FYLDE MP Mark Menzies hosted a Parliamentary debate on the future of British high streets and raised concerns over the proliferation of charity shops in UK town centres. During the Westminster Hall debate, Mr Menzies said Britain is "increasingly becoming a nation of charity shopkeepers" and the Government needs to act to address the "unequal balance" between charity shops and small retailers. The Member of Parliament highlighted the issue as ever greater numbers of charity shops open on Fylde’s high streets and said shoppers were now suffering... Read more »

Mark Menzies welcomes plans for Healthy New Town in Fylde

FYLDE MP Mark Menzies said he was delighted a planned housing development close to the M55 motorway has been named an NHS-backed “Healthy New Town”. The 1,400 home Whyndyke Farm scheme is one of ten developments chosen by Public Health England from 114 applicants to form part of the new programme. The overall project will see the NHS help shape the way these new sites develop, so as to test creative solutions for the health and care challenges of the 21st century, including in areas such as... Read more »