David Morris column

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

I was in Saudi Arabia last week with a House of Commons trade delegation, the purpose of which was to meet with business leaders and the Government to promote UK companies.

During the visit I was able to have a high level meeting with Deputy Labour Minister Dr. Mufarreh Al-Haqbani and proudly told the Minister that Morecambe & Lunesdale is open for business.

Within the constituency we have a number of businesses who export worldwide, Arpinalls Engineering and DST being just two of those businesses.

I do think it is important to make Saudi companies aware of the expertise we have here in Morecambe & Lunesdale and to make it easier for our international companies to export.

DST Engineering – as an example – currently exports to the Far East and the United Arab Emirates, and long may this continue.

Exporting gives a huge boost to our local economy, creating wealth and jobs.

The Saudi Government me assurances me that it would work with UK Trade & Investment which is the Government body that promotes exports and investment in the UK.

The House of Commons returned this week after recess, and on Wednesday evening I presented a petition to the House of Commons on behalf of the residents in Skerton who in large numbers have written to me in support of the campaign to keep Skerton High School open.

Last weekend, I held street surgeries and was pleased to be able to talk to a large number of constituents. If you would like me to conduct a street surgery on please contact my office.

My next advice surgery is on Friday,March 7, so to book an appointment please contact my office, details below.

In the coming weeks, I plan to launch a business breakfast; the idea is to invite local business leaders to network and to discuss all things business. If you think it is something that your business would be interested in taking part in, please contact me for more details.

If you require my help or advice, you can write to me, my address is Office 204 Riverway House, Morecambe Road, Skerton LA1 2RX , e-mail me via my website davidmorrismp.co.uk or call 01524 841225.