David Morris column

David Morris, Morecambe and Lunesdale MP.
David Morris, Morecambe and Lunesdale MP.
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The latest unemployment figures have been published and again there is good news here in Morecambe and Lunesdale with unemployment once again reducing.

The number of claimants is 512 lower than in July 2013 and 47 lower than in June 2014 which means more people are in work bringing home a pay packet which is excellent news.

A few weeks ago in this column, I did thank local man Steve Trainor who masterminded the poppy scatter. The idea was to scatter poppy seeds to ensure that poppies were in full bloom at Happy Mount Park to commemorate the centenary of the First World War.

Due to the success, Steve would like to expand the scatter so if you would like poppies to be scattered near to where you live please contact Steve for more details his website address is www.poppyscatter.co.uk

Congratulations to the CAMRA (Campaign for Real Ale) volunteers and everyone at the Winter Gardens who yet again organised and put on an excellent Morecambe Beer Festival at the Winter Gardens the event was superb, it was nice to see so many people in the Winter Gardens.

A number of people have asked me which beer or cider was my favourite, I did sample a few and thought they were fantastic.

I am pleased that the Prime Minister has announced that there will be a pilot of placing age ratings on music videos. This is something that I support and have been campaigning for.

The pilot will begin in October and has the support of the music industry.

Those watching music videos on websites such as YouTube will be advised of the age rating before the video can be viewed.

I was disappointed to see that a ship collided with a wind turbine last week, I have been saying for a long time that if off shore wind turbines are being built, they should be built well away from shipping lanes.

As I understand it nobody was injured this time but the industry must take note and learn lessons from this incident.