David Morris column

David Morris, Morecambe and Lunesdale MP.
David Morris, Morecambe and Lunesdale MP.
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Last week marked the centenary of the start of the First World War.

I was honoured to have been invited to attend a number of commemoration services across the constituency at St. Barnabas’ Church in Morecambe, at the Cenotaph in Carnforth, the Church of the Ascension in Torrisholme and the poppy scatter beds at Happy Mount Park to remember those who made the ultimate sacrifice during the First World War.

I was also amazed to see on social media how many people right across the constituency took part in the Royal British Legion’s #lightsout campaign.

Now that Parliament is in recess, I have started my summer tour. Please keep an eye on my website to find out where I will be and when. Thank you to those who have already taken the time to come and say hello.

During the summer tour, I have visited a number of businesses and many of them didn’t know about the Employers Allowance. Employers can reduce the amount of National Insurance paid by upto £2,000. If you usually pay less than £2,000 a year, you won’t have to pay any employer National Insurance contributions at all.

Up to 1.25 million businesses and charities will benefit from Employment Allowance. Around 450,000 businesses and charities won’t have to pay any employer National Insurance contributions at all. For more information, please have a look at the Government’s website www.gov.uk/employment-allowance.

My next summer tour advice surgery is on Thursday, August 21 at Asda, Salt Ayre, between 2pm-3.30pm, I will be in the customer café. Please do drop in while you are doing your shopping.

Congratulations to EDF apprentices Josh Brooks and Shane Slater who won awards at the EDF award ceremony recently.

Nuclear power is really important to our local economy and it is thanks to people like Josh and Shane so well done. I have had the pleasure of meeting a number of the apprentices at Heysham.

If you haven’t received your copy of my survey yet, please call James on 01524 411059 and he will send you one.