Morecambe MP to attend Margaret Thatcher’s funeral

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

The MP for Morecambe will attend tomorrow’s funeral of Baroness Thatcher and be one of 100 people to attend a private service in Parliament this afternoon.

David Morris MP will be amongst the mourners at the Chapel of St Mary Undercroft underneath Westminster Hall.

The former Prime Minister’s remains will rest there overnight before the funeral at St Paul’s Cathedral.

Mr Morris was invited to the afternoon service after he spoke during a Commons debate about Baroness Thatcher’s legacy, quoting actor David Hasselhoff as he paid tribute to her.

“To me, Mrs Thatcher was a huge inspiration, not because of her willingness to make difficult decisions but because she made me feel, at a time of bleak prospects, that there was hope for the future,” said Mr Morris.

“I grew up abroad because my father could not afford to live here in the late 1970s, but he came back after Margaret Thatcher became Prime Minister, purely and simply because, as he said: ‘I can afford to live in my own country again’.

“I have lived all over the world and I have seen unimaginable poverty. I have lived in places where families were begging on the streets. That experience is hard to describe. Then I came back to Britain, where there was a free health service and free education. Here I reach out to the opposition, all that was begun by the Clement Attlee Government. However, Thatcher actually embellished it.

“We are here today to honour a lady whose political legacy will outlive us all, and will continue well into the future.

“Young people cannot imagine a time when the bins were not collected, when there were power cuts and a three-day week, when the dead were not being buried, and when worst of all, our democracy was being held to ransom by the trade union movement.

“Thanks to Margaret Thatcher, they need not suffer from such appalling problems. She made higher education possible for the masses.

“We should see things in perspective. Eighteen months or two years ago, David Hasselhoff came to the House. Everyone remembers him singing on the Berlin wall when it came down.

“He turned to his manager and said ‘Larry, did I tell you I brought the wall down?’

“His manager said: ‘I think it was that Iron Lady they are making a film about at this moment in time’.

“He said: ‘You’re right, Larry. I should audition for the part of Ronald Reagan, shouldn’t I?’

“He is trying to save the wall for the sake of remembrance, but we should remember the legacy that Margaret Thatcher gave.”