Last week we saw harrowing scenes in Paris. I have seen huge support for the people of Paris is Morecambe and Lunesdale with people repeating Je suis Charlie on social media as a mark of respect.
We must not allow the very pillars of our society to be threatened by Islamist extremist violence and threats.
I would like to take this opportunity on behalf of everyone in my community to send my sincere condolences to the people of Paris.
On Thursday I was in Belfast with the political and constitutional reform committee conducting an evidence session on devolution.
It is interesting to see the impact of the Good Friday agreement and how the stability of the Governance in Stormont has increased since the agreement.
The Scottish referendum highlighted the need for more devolution to each country in our United Kingdom and it is vital to engage with leaders in each of these countries to see how this can best be done.
The committee are always looking to engage with the general public’s views on the inquiries, please write to me if you would like your views to be included.
Last week in Parliament I received some figures from the Department of Health regarding NHS staffing levels at our hospital Trust.
The figures showed an average increase of 6.75 per cent since 2010 of staff including doctors, nurses, midwives, health visitors and qualified health professionals.
The figures also showed that the number of doctors employed by the Trust increased by 15.7 per cent since 2010.
These figures are testament to the hard work of the new management team at the Trust who are addressing problems and issues which occurred prior to 2010.
This week also showed A&E waiting times figures for November 2014.
Our hospital Trust met its target for this period, where some other Trusts did not.
I would like to thank our fantastic A&E and hospital staff for ensuring that patients who attend our hospitals are receiving the best possible care.
To get in contact with my team call 01524 841225.