David Morris column

David Morris, Morecambe and Lunesdale MP.
David Morris, Morecambe and Lunesdale MP.

Last week was the first week back in Parliament after the conference recess and it was naturally a very busy week.

On Tuesday I was able to table an Early Day motion to praise the council and their efforts to get ‘Our Eric’ back on the Promenade as quickly as possible. It is my hope that he will be back where he belongs before Christmas, but I have been impressed by how quickly the council are working to ensure the statue is repaired quickly.

On Wednesday I participated in an Opposition Day debate on Access to NHS services.

I am passionate about the NHS and think that the staff who work in our NHS locally do a fantastic job.

I have been concerned to hear reports from constituents that groups have been contacting them to say that the Royal Lancaster Infirmary is at risk of closure.

This is unfounded nonsense and in the debate Health Minister Dan Pouter MP gave assurances to everyone in Morecambe and Lunesdale.

He said: “I would like to reassure my Hon Friend, the Member for Morecambe and Lunesdale that the hospital in his constituency is of course not going to close and that any local scaremongering by the Labour Party is wrong and misplaced”

On Friday I was pleased to be able to vote for Bob Neill MP’s Private Members Bill on placing a European Referendum in 2017 on the statute books.

There is a whole generation of people including myself who have never had a say on our relationship on Europe and I fully support a referendum in 2017.

On Saturday I was back in the constituency and attended and event at O’Reilly’s Transport in Heysham.

The event was to celebrate the company’s new additions to their fleet and the directors had come over from Ireland to celebrate with staff. I had a brilliant time at the event and it is always good to be able to support businesses in the constituency who are doing well.

I am always happy to help with any issues you may have, contact me by phone 01524 841225, or email david.morris.mp@parliament.uk.