Monday marked the centenary of the start of the First World War. I was honoured to have been invited to attend the commemoration service at St. Barnabas’ Church in Morecambe over the weekend, to remember those who made the ultimate sacrifice.
I was surprised that the Labour Leader Ed Miliband suggested in a TV interview last week to have a public PMQ’s. This is a preposterous suggestion, it is the founding principle of our democracy that each constituency has an elected MP and that elected MP can ask questions on behalf of constituents at PMQ’s.
I have asked questions on behalf of a number of constituents from NHS issues to the regulation of Carbon Dioxide in drinks. The fact that Miliband ignores the issues of the day at PMQ’s and chooses to ask questions that suit his agenda does not mean that we should change the whole system. This is nothing more than a gimmick from a failing Labour leader, leading a failing party.
You may have read in my column a few months ago that Lancashire North Clinical Commissioning Group has received over £1 Million from the Prime Minister’s Challenge Fund which will enable five GP practices to open seven days a week from 8am – 8pm with telephone triage and X-Ray facilities improving access to GP services for 61,000 patients.
New figures also show that because of the difficult decisions we have made on public spending, we have been able to increase spending on the NHS. This means, there are now 253 more doctors looking after patients in the North West than under Labour, ensuring that people receive the care they deserve.
Now that Parliament is in recess, I will be spending the next month touring the constituency to meet as many people as possible with street surgeries and supermarket surgeries, please keep an eye on my website to find out where I will be and when.
My survey is currently being distributed all over the constituency. If you haven’t received your copy yet, please call James on 01524 411059 and he will send you one. The survey is also available online.