Findings of Kirkup report make for difficult reading

David Morris MP.
David Morris MP.

Last week we saw the publication of the Kirkup enquiry which was an investigation into the deaths of mothers and babies at Furness General Hospital.

I welcomed the recommendations of the report and whilst I know the families who were affected by this tragedy found the report deeply shocking and difficult reading, I know they too welcomed the recommendations.

One of the proposals was to include a 10 minute grace period for parking tickets before a fine is issues, I am sure we have all be held up for five minutes and not got back to our cars in time before we have been issued a ticket

I used the report’s statement to ask the opposition to now clam their erroneous campaign on hospital closures which only serves to frighten people.

It is now time for the whole community to unite behind the trust under the leadership of Jackie Daniel, and support the staff to implement the remainder of recommendations of the report.

On Friday Eric Pickles MP announced a crackdown on parking charges and fines.

I welcome this as it is a positive step for local businesses and for residents who are shopping in the town centre.

One of the proposals was to include a 10 minute grace period for parking tickets before a fine is issues, I am sure we have all be held up for five minutes and not got back to our cars in time before we have been issued a ticket.

The proposals also ban councils from using parking fines to generate a profit.

Also on Friday I had my monthly update meeting with the team at Morecambe Job centre.

The monthly meets are a great opportunity to talk to the team about how new legislation is working and the team were telling me of how positive the new universal credit was to claimants and how it was making the process a lot easier and facilitating work.

The team also discussed how they were working with claimants to help them into a career rather than just ‘any job’.

If you would like to contact me you can do so by email: david.morris.mp@parliament.uk or by phone 01524 841225 and I will do my best to help.