David Morris column

David Morris, Morecambe and Lunesdale MP.

David Morris, Morecambe and Lunesdale MP.

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You will be aware that this week is the tenth anniversary of the cockle picker’s disaster.

Last Wednesday I held a debate in Westminster Hall to debate the changes in legislation that have come about since the disaster.

The Minister informed me that in 2004 there were around 2000 licences to cockle in the Bay, there are currently just 120 licences. In order for someone to obtain a licence now they must complete a safety course.

During the course of the debate, the Minister confirmed to me that in the near future the new Fisheries Order will be ready to go to public consultation; this Order will regulate access to specific portions of Morecambe Bay.

Speaking on BBC Radio Lancashire on Monday morning, the Minister suggested that because of the pressure I have put on, he will speed up the process of implementing the Fisheries Order. I will keep you informed on its progress.

I also felt it was important to put on the record during the debate the thanks of the whole constituency to Harry Roberts MBE of the RNLI and all of the emergency services for their heroic efforts that horrific night.

On Friday, February 14, I will take part in the Poppy Scatter at Happy Mount Park.

For sometime I have been working with a local man called Steve Trainor who has an idea to sew poppy seeds across the constituency so that when we commemorate the 100th anniversary of the start of the First World War, all of the poppies will be in bloom.

If you would like to come along to sew some seeds on 14th you will be made very welcome, we start at 12 noon.

Thank you to those of you who have already signed my buses petition which calls for Lancashire County Council not to withdraw funding for vital bus services.

If you have not yet signed the petition I would urge you to do so, you will find the petition on my website www.davidmorrismp.co.uk under the campaigns section or you can telephone my office.

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