MP calls in police over hoax letter

David Morris MP (please crop to man in centre).
David Morris MP (please crop to man in centre).
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A POLICE investigation has begun after a hoax letter claiming to be from Morecambe’s MP was sent to a charity fundraiser.

David Morris called in the police after campaigner Ian Clifton received a bogus letter signed “D Morris MP”, complaining that Mr Clifton had snubbed the politician by not inviting him to turn on his charity Christmas lights.

The letter accused Mr Clifton of “sour grapes” and political bias for not inviting Conservative Mr Morris to perform the switch-on when in previous years Geraldine Smith, Morecambe’s former Labour MP, had done so.

“I sincerely hope that in time for next year’s switch-on you will reconsider this childish action and that I can look forward to receiving your invitation to perform the honour in 2012,” says the letter, which was sent over the Christmas period.

“Compliments of the season, D Morris MP.”

After realising the letter was fake, Mr Clifton spoke to Mr Morris, who reported it to the House of Parliament’s head of security (Serjeant-at-arms) and the police.

Mr Clifton gives up his time each year to decorate his Westgate home with Christmas lights to raise money for charities including Derian House children’s hospice.

The illuminations have raised £46,000 over a 14-year period and attract thousands of visitors each year.

“The Christmas lights are nothing to do with politics, it’s all about the kids,” said Mr Clifton.

“Geraldine Smith turned the lights on about four or five times, but not every year.

“I think it’s very ill-mannered that somebody would send a letter like that. There must be something wrong with them. I don’t find it funny at all. It’s disgusting.

“It won’t stop me. If anything I’m more determined to put on the lights next year.”

Mr Morris said: “I am very concerned that someone has written a letter with the intention to deceive the recipient into believing the letter was written by me.

“I would like to reassure constituents that letters originating from my office are always written on House of Commons letterhead, which if held up to a light contains the Portcullis watermark.

“I have referred this letter to the police. Anyone who receives a letter from me and doubt its authenticity should contact my office immediately.”