Morecambe MP gets ‘carried away’ in Commons

David Morris MP.
David Morris MP.

The MP for Morecambe has been accused of trying to turn a debate on Government spending into ‘an election broadcast’.

David Morris gave a lengthy speech in the House of Commons on Wednesday where he reeled off a list of successes in Morecambe and Lunesdale since he became MP.

But deputy speaker Lindsay Hoyle chastised Mr Morris because the debate was supposed to be on future Government spending.

Mr Morris spoke about the Heysham to M6 link road, plans for a third nuclear power station, plans to rebuild the Morecambe sea wall and his role as the Government’s ambassador for the self-employed.

He also talked about the NHS, saying: “Under the coalition, we have had to make some very distasteful decisions, but in my area, health is on the up.”

But Mr Hoyle said: “I understand that a general election is coming, but we cannot be so blatant about it. This is about future Government spending. We do not need pats on the back over spending that has already been invested.”

Mr Morris said: “I got a bit carried away with the good news in my constituency.

“I thank the House for the five years for which I have been a Member of Parliament, the Opposition as well as my colleagues, and I thank you, too, Mr Deputy Speaker. I hope that I shall be returned to carry on the good work for Morecambe and Lunesdale’s constituents.”

Gemma Doyle, shadow defence minister, spoke after Mr Morris.

She said: “I am somewhat bemused to follow David Morris, who seemed to be giving us a public mulling over of his chances of re-election in May. We will leave him to consider that.”

The transcript of the debate can be found HERE.