David Morris column

David Morris, Morecambe and Lunesdale MP.
David Morris, Morecambe and Lunesdale MP.

On Wednesday I participated in an Opposition Day debate on Access to NHS services.

I am passionate about the NHS and think that the staff who work in our NHS locally do a fantastic job.

I have been concerned to hear reports from constituents that groups have been contacting them to say that the Royal Lancaster Infirmary is at risk of closure.

This is unfounded nonsense and in the debate health Minister Dan Pouter MP gave assurances to everyone in Morecambe and Lunesdale.

He said: “I would like to reassure my Hon Friend, the Member for Morecambe and Lunesdale that the hospital in his constituency is of course not going to close and that any local scaremongering by the Labour Party is wrong and misplaced”

On Thursday I was in Edinburgh with the Political and Constitutional Reform Committee to conduct an evidence session with MSP’s about devolution and the new Magna Carta.

As you already know from previous columns I have been championing a written constitution for the UK.

The Committee is currently running a competition to write an introduction to the written constitution which can be no longer than 350 words.

To participate and to see previous entries please visit www.parliament.uk/pcrc-preamble.

On Friday I was pleased to be able to vote for a bill which places a European Referendum on the statute books.

There are a whole generation of people including myself who have never had a say on our relationship on Europe and I fully support a referendum in 2017.

In a previous column I explained my opposition to certain options in the local plan consultation being run by Lancaster City Council.

Turley Associates, who reported the projected housing need figures for the future on which the consultation was based, have been asked to review their figures when revised household projection figures are made available later this year.

If you would like to voice your opinion on this consultation please contact your local councillor.

I can be contacted by phone 01524 841225 or by email david.morris.mp@parliament.uk.