David Morris column

David Morris Morecambe and Lunesdale MP
David Morris Morecambe and Lunesdale MP

I hope you had an enjoyable Easter, I was able to spend the weekend at Whittington Races, thank you to everyone for making me very welcome.

On Wednesday I took local businessman Russell Sanderson to meet the Prime Minister.

Russell is the chairman of the DST Group, DST are based at White Lund and they supply specialist engineering products to major projects here in the UK as well as exporting worldwide. Russell is a significant employer in the area and contributes a lot to our local economy.

The Office of National Statistics (ONS) released the latest unemployment figures last week and I am very pleased to tell you that unemployment in Morecambe and Lunesdale has fallen.

The number of claimants in Morecambe and Lunesdale is 401 lower than in March 2013 and 73 lower than in February 2014.

This is very welcome news, because the more people in work bringing home a pay packet the better.

Economically things are bright here, the Government’s long term economic plan is working.

In addition, we have the Heysham M6 Link Road currently being built, I have heard of a number of businesses who are expanding as a result of the road and I hope planning will be submitted anytime for the redevelopment of the former Frontierland site.

I heard just last week of another business in Morecambe, who will be making a major announcement over the coming months.

I was disappointed to hear over the weekend that HMRC is proposing to share tax data with private firms, I think this is an absolute disgrace, HMRC is a Government organization not a private money maker and I will be taking this up at the very highest level when Parliament returns after the Easter Recess break.

A reminder that the deadline for expressions of interest for the Coastal Communities Fund is fast approaching, if you would like to make an application you will need to have it submitted by April 30.

You can find more information on my website www.davidmorrismp.co.uk,there is a total of £64 Million available I would like as much of it as possible to come to Morecambe & Lunesdale so please do put in a bid for some funding.