The Chancellor of the Exchequer has said in the House of Commons that there are “so many good things happening in Morecambe”.
George Osborne responded to congratulations from David Morris, MP for Morecambe and Lunesdale, who credited the Chancellor for helping to reduce unemployment in the town.
The number of Job Seeker’s Allowance claimants in Morecambe fell from 3.5% (2.019 people) to 2.9% (1,705) over the past 12 months, according to the Office of National Statistics.
Mr Morris also congratulated The Visitor for encouraging people to shop locally when we ran our Support Our Shops campaign last year.
“I congratulate the Chancellor on pulling us out of the mire the last Government left us in,” said Mr Morris.
“The Visitor newspaper has been running regular articles on getting our shops restarted in Morecambe and this will help immeasurably.”
Mr Osborne replied: “There are so many good things happening in Morecambe that I am not surprised my hon.
Friend wants to bring them to the attention of the House.”
Mr Morris also invited the Chancellor to the reopening of Hanson Building Products brickworks at Claughton later this month. The brickworks shut down in 2010 due to falling demand but will reopen as builders predict rising orders as the housing recovery starts to take hold.
Mr Morris’ comments came after the Chancellor delivered his Autumn Statement to the House on December 5. Mr Osborne said the economic climate was brighter than a year ago. But Ed Balls, Shadow Chancellor, said: “For all his boasts and utterly breathtaking complacency, the Chancellor is in complete denial about the central fact defining this Government...for most people in our country living standards are not rising but falling year on year.”