David Morris column

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

This week was an exciting week in Parliament as it was my first Wales Questions in my new role in the Government as Wales PPS.

The debate went well with questions on further devolution after the Scottish Referendum and failings in the Welsh NHS being high on the agenda.

It is especially an exciting time to be involved in the Welsh Office whilst working on a committee which is looking at English Votes for English MP’s as it give a different insight into devolved issues.

On Monday I participated in Defence questions and asked the Secretary of State for Defence ‘What assessment he has made of the effect of the maritime support delivery framework on employment at UK naval bases’.

Defence Minister Phillip Dunne said: “The maritime support delivery framework contracts are an excellent example of the contribution that the Ministry of Defence makes to sustaining the long-term economic health of the nation’s three main naval bases.”

On Thursday I attended a debate in Parliament about the Five Year Plan for the NHS.

In the debate I invited Secretary of State Jeremey Hunt MP to visit our hospital the RLI to thank the staff for all of the incredible hard work they have put in over the last couple of years to turn the hospital around. Jeremy Hunt MP has accepted my invitation and will visit in the near future.

We received some good news this week from the Big Lottery fund that they had awarded over £50,000 in funding to community projects in Morecambe and Lunesdale.

These projects included over £9,000 for play equipment in Bolton Le Sands and £10,000 for play equipment at Skerton St Lukes Primary School. A huge well done to all of the community groups who were successful this time round.

Also some more good news, unemployment figures were announced last week and again they have fallen. Unemployment is now 490 people lower than it was in September last year. This shows that Morecambe is open for business.

I am always happy to help with any issues you may have, contact me by phone 01524 841225, or email david.morris.mp@parliament.uk.