Eric Ollerenshaw column

Last week in Parliament I had the chance to meet up with Quernmore Church of England Primary School on their visit.

The pupils attended a workshop on ‘Making Laws’ and then had a tour of Parliament, as well as a Q&A session with myself.

As always, the students seemed to have a fantastic time, asking some very intelligent questions and taking a real interest in the way our country is run.

My thanks to the staff and parents who ensured this all went off smoothly.

I also had the opportunity to speak up for our city and the growth our local economy is experiencing, in the House of Commons.

A thriving Chamber of Commerce, two Universities expanding, M6 link road underway, a castle open, Primark on the way and a department store to come then we should be in a good position to begin to realise that potential for growth our city has always possessed.

Up in Lancaster, I had the chance to show Damian Green MP, the Minister for Policing, Criminal Justice and Victims, around the Business Improvement District in the City centre.

The Minister met with a number of our local businesses to listen to their concerns about retail crime, as well as being given a tour of St Nic’s Arcade’s CCTV operations and going to one of our local pubs to talk about Pub Watch in our area.

We were trying to underline that retail crime is not victimless but just adds to the prices we all have to pay.

But the Minister was impressed that Lancaster had lower levels of this retail crime than other places, partly down to this close cooperation of businesses through the BID and the active work of our police and PCSOs.

Finally, I would just like to mention that next Saturday (June 28) is Armed Forces Day and that Lancaster Castle is holding a series of exhibitions to mark the event.

This is a fantastic way to recognise the work done by our Armed Forces in protecting us and I’d encourage everyone to go along if you have the chance.

For more information on the event go to www.lancastercastle.com/event/armed-forces-day.