The latest unemployment figures were released by the Office on National Statistics last week and I am delighted to say that yet again unemployment has fallen here in Morecambe and Lunesdale.
There’s now 600 fewer people unemployed than there was in April 2009 and over 100 people have been brought back into work in the last month.
Earlier this week, I presented two petitions to the House of Commons, one that called for the restoration of the West Coast Mainline platforms at Carnforth station and the other called for more trains to stop at Silverdale station.
I am also in regular contact with all of the rail companies and even held a mini rail summit in my office.
I was also pleased that Peter Yates MBE accompanied me to a meeting with Virgin Trains recently to discuss Carnforth Station.
I am pleased that all of the stake holders and all rail operators are amenable to services stopping at Carnforth but it’s up to the County Council to fund a feasibility study for Network Rail to act.
I have been happy to support the white ribbon campaign by signing the Parliamentary motion which reads:
“That this House congratulates the 30 local authorities which have been awarded White Ribbon Campaign accreditation for involving men in challenging violence against women and girls; believes that men have responsibility to challenge the violence of some men against women and girls by challenging the outdated attitudes and negative gender stereotypes which underpin abuse; recognises that the White Ribbon Campaign is the largest charity to engage men in action to eradicate abuse and violence against women; notes that a further 25 local authorities are currently seeking accreditation and that the Campaign also involves sports clubs and sporting bodies, music venues, companies and trade unions in working with their male supporters, customers and employees; and calls on the Government and other public and private institutions to work with the White Ribbon Campaign to show men that they can, and must, be part of the solution to end the epidemic of violence against women and girls.”