David Morris column: Power station key to future of nuclear energy in this country

David Morris, Morecambe and Lunesdale MP
David Morris, Morecambe and Lunesdale MP
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Recently I asked a question in the House of Commons about rural broadband.

The Minister explained that as part of the Government’s rural broadband scheme, 37,000 premises have now gone live in Lancashire, North Yorkshire, Surrey and Wales.

The Minister also said there would be more to come which is good news for the Morecambe & Lunesdale constituency. She said how impressed she was with B4RN and the work of Professor Barry Forde. B4RN is now online in Arkholme in my constituency and constituents are enjoying exceptionally fast broadband, well done to everyone at B4RN for making this a reality.

This month we have a series of anniversaries to celebrate; it is 30 years since Heysham 1 started generating and 25 years since Heysham 2 commenced generation.

Over the years Heysham 1 and 2 have provided many highly skilled jobs for the constituency and have provided huge boosts for the economy as well as training our young people through a comprehensive apprenticeship programme.

Almost everyone I speak to either works at the power station or knows someone who does.

I am the chairman of the Conservative Friends of Nuclear Power and behind the scenes I meet with ministers to discuss how we can develop nuclear energy in the UK and more specifically Morecambe & Lunesdale.

There’s also a celebration in Over Kellet, congratulations to Rev Ken Clapham – The Bishop of the Moon - who celebrates the 35th anniversary of his ordination this week. Ken was ordained at Liverpool Cathedral and for the last 30 years has been at St Cuthbert’s Over Kellet. When I congratulate Ken, I do so on behalf of the whole community.

Over the summer, I will be again organising a summer tour, please keep checking my website for details of where I will be and when.

Also please take a look at my website to signup for my e-newsletter which is delivered via email. My website is www.davidmorrismp.co.uk if you require my advice, or you can e-mail david.morris.mp@parliament.uk or write to Office 204 Riverway House, Morecambe Road, Skerton, Lancaster, LA1 2RX.