|Member of Parliament
6 May 2010
|Preceded by||Michael Jack|
18 May 1971 |
Irvine, North Ayrshire
Mark Andrew Menzies (18 May 1971) is a British Conservative Party politician who has been the Member of Parliament (MP) for Fylde in Lancashire since 2010. He is currently Parliamentary Private Secretary (PPS) to Mark Prisk MP, Minister of State for Housing and Local Government. He was previously PPS to Charles Hendry MP, Minister of State for Energy and Climate Change before both moved in the 2012 Cabinet Reshuffle. Mr Menzies is also a former member of the Scottish Affairs Select Committee. His main political priorities include UK energy security, changing the planning system to empower local communities and limit inappropriate development and ensuring a vibrant future for the defence industry within the UK. He lives in St Annes.
Menzies grew up in Ardrossan on the Ayrshire coast, raised by his mother after his Merchant Navy father died a month before he was born. With Mark’s mother working shifts at the local ICI factory to support them, he attended a local primary school before benefiting from the assisted places scheme at a nearby independent secondary. He graduated from the University of Glasgow, where he was President of the Conservative Association, in 1994 with an honours degree in economic and social history. Menzies' professional career was spent in the retail sector. He joined Marks & Spencer as a graduate trainee in 1994 and has since worked in marketing for two large UK supermarkets. In 2007, he was the recipient of the IGD/Unilever Social Innovation Marketing award.
After standing as the Conservative candidate for Glasgow Govan in 2001 and Selby in 2005, Menzies was added to David Cameron's "A-List" in 2006 and was selected for Fylde in November 2008 and elected at the 2010 general election, when he gained 22,826 votes, 52.2% of the total.
Having been elected in the summer of 2010, Menzies made his maiden speech on 21 June 2010. In November 2010, Menzies was one of only seven newly elected MPs to be chosen as a Parliamentary Private Secretary to a Minister of the Government.
Menzies has championed a number of issues, most notably in relation to his Fylde constituency. In the autumn of 2011 he successfully called upon the Government to establish an Enterprize Zone at Warton which he believes will attract international investment and mitigate the compulsory redundancies announced at BAE. Similarly, he has also praised BAE Warton as being a centre of excellence in nine different practice areas and acknowledges the contribution that the company makes to the local economy.
In October and November 2011, reports emerged of dangerous cockling practices in the Ribble Estuary. Menzies raised Governmental awareness of this issue and called for urgent action in order to avoid a repeat of the Morecambe Bay disaster. He succeeded in implementing a temporary ban pending further emergency by-laws.
Menzies has also campaigned for the liberalisation of Sunday Trading legislation. He brought forward a Bill which sought to allow local authorities to vary Sunday trading restrictions in their jurisdiction contemporaneously to large national events. More specifically, he argued that the retail sector should be able to take advantage of any extra revenues generated by the Olympics in London 2012.
Since becoming an MP Menzies has made appearances at various LGBTory events held in Parliament but has never spoken openly about his sexuality. There is no mention of family life or personal relationships on his website, unlike many other MPs.
In line with Menzies' interest in defence, he is a member of the Armed Forces Parliamentary Scheme, thereby gaining an understanding of life in the military.