Christmas is traditionally a time for spending with your loved ones in the warm comfort of the family home. So you can only imagine the devastation for those caught up in the floods which affected the North West so badly over the weekend, causing heartbreaking damage to homes and property. When the rainfall expected for an entire month falls in a single day it is almost impossible to defend against but the authorities have done a tremendous job of protecting people as far as possible in the... Read more »


This week has been extremely busy in Parliament as MPs and Ministers try to get last minute business wrapped up ahead of the Christmas break. One of my most important meetings was with the Roads Minister, Andrew Jones MP, to discuss progress on the new M55 Lytham St Annes Link Road. Since the current “moss road” was closed almost three years ago due to safety issues, the surrounding road network has struggled to cope with the amount of extra diverted traffic. Following the closure, I supported Lancashire Enterprise... Read more »

Fylde MP calls for action after county council Ofsted report

FYLDE MP Mark Menzies has demanded action from Lancashire County Council after an Ofsted inspection found its services to protect vulnerable children were ‘inadequate’. The Member of Parliament has written to county hall to ask for answers after the damning review of the department from the education regulator was announced today. Ofsted carried out an inspection of the local authority in September and October, interviewing staff and service users made up of children in need of help and protection, looked-after children and care leavers. The last inspection of... Read more »

Mark Menzies’ response to shale gas site “call-in” decision

FYLDE MP Mark Menzies today issued a response to media questions over the decision by the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government to "call-in" the final decision over planning appeals for shale gas exploration sites at Preston New Road, Little Plumpton, and Roseacre Wood.

Below is the statement in full:

Fylde MP Mark Menzies said: “The fact that this major planning application has... Read more »


Fylde MP secures commitment over nuclear fuel support

FYLDE MP Mark Menzies has secured a commitment from the Chancellor of the Exchequer for continuing Government support for Fylde’s nuclear fuel industry. The Member of Parliament spoke to the Rt Hon George Osborne in the House of Commons following Wednesday’s Comprehensive Spending Review announcement. During the session, Mr Menzies thanked the Chancellor for supporting the north of England and added: “My constituency is the powerhouse of the northern economy because we manufacture the nuclear fuel that fuels almost every reactor in the UK. “Will the Chancellor do... Read more »