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Ex-MP Mark Menzies Sends A Final Message To His Fylde Constituents

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Fylde’s outgoing scandal-hit former MP Mark Menzies has shared a final message to families in the Fylde constituency as he ‘hands over the baton’ to his successor. In the message he outlines his thanks to his supporters and his perceived successes, he also says that the Fylde will remain his future home. Mr Menzies’ full message reads……

‘The calling of the General Election has brought the dissolution of Parliament and with it, the end of my time as a Member of Parliament. Candidates have been selected ahead of the vote on 4th July and the time for me to pass on the baton is fast approaching.

Having moved to Fylde in 2008, shortly after being chosen as a Parliamentary candidate, it has been an honour and a privilege to serve as your Member of Parliament.

With hindsight, that Fylde is a place that quickly came to feel like home is of no surprise. It is a beautiful part of the country with a fantastic sense of community, and I am truly grateful for the warm words that so many of you have offered over recent weeks.

From the M55 Link Road, now just weeks away from opening to traffic, to the rejuvenation of Kirkham town centre and the recent banking hub announcement, or the rebuilding Lytham St Annes High School, much has been achieved in these past fourteen years and it is a legacy that I am proud to point to.

With major employers of strategic national importance like BAE Systems and Westinghouse Nuclear Fuel, small but highly skilled manufacturing firms and our wonderful high street businesses and hospitality venues, Fylde is home to it all and I have been proud to fly the flag for these businesses locally, in Westminster and beyond.

We can look forward to seeing next generation Tempest aircraft produced at Warton keeping us and our allies safe, while Fylde manufactured nuclear fuel powers the green energy transition. Our hotels, pubs and restaurants weathered the Covid storm and overcame energy bill price shocks; that they did so is a testament to the entrepreneurial spirit of those who run them. Fylde punches well above its weight and will continue to do so.

But it has not always been plain sailing with repeated battles over fracking and, more recently, the Morgan & Morecambe proposals. Both issues have mobilised the people of Fylde to an extent that I knew possible, but which many outsiders underestimated, in fighting your corner. We won the first of these fights and I am sure that, with the continued backing of local people, Fylde will succeed in the second.

Similarly, there remains much to be done, such the ongoing campaign to double services on the South Fylde Line, to win funding for the redevelopment of St Annes town centre and the fight to improve bathing water quality and tackle flooding. These are all topics I have continued working on until the very end. Good progress has been made on these and I wish my successor the very best in seeing them through to completion.

Fylde remains home for me. It is a place that I will always love and which I firmly believe is in a better place than when I first moved here some sixteen years ago. I want to thank all those who have worked with and for me during my time in Parliament. Without this help many of these achievements would not have been possible and I am confident that this progress will continue.

I will never forget the faith you have shown in choosing me to be your Westminster representative on four occasions. Thank you for that opportunity and I want to wish you and your family the very best for the future.’

The picture below depicts Menzies in happier days before his suspension from the Tory party.

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