David Morris column

David Morris MP.
David Morris MP.

Last week I was proud to welcome three business leaders from Morecambe and Lunesdale to a reception hosted by the chancellor at Number 11 Downing Street.

Russell Edmondson from F Edmondson and Son, Craig Smith from Shp and Lee Wyatt from Maine Entertainments all attended the reception as the northern powerhouse is targeted at the transport, technology and tourism industries.

The businessmen were able to tell the chancellor that his vision of a northern powerhouse was well under way in Morecambe with the new M6 Link road which will increase business contracts and business capacity.

In Transport Questions on Thursday I was able to raise my idea of a transport tunnel under Morecambe Bay.

I have already met with the cabinet office and the Lancashire Enterprise Partnership to secure cabinet office funding for a feasibility study for the tunnel and in transport questions on Thursday transport minister John Hayes MP said he was interested in the project and would meet with me in the Department of Transport to discuss the idea further.

This tunnel is really capturing the minds of those in the Department of transport and I believe that it could be a reality in the next 10 years.

On Friday I was in Silverdale and I visited the fantastic Wolfhouse Gallery. I called in to see Wyn who runs Wynn Abbot ceramics and was extremely impressed by the bespoke nature of the work. Some of the pieces Wynn makes are the only ones of their kind in the whole country.

We had a long discussion and Wynn was able to share some ideas on how the Government can help small businesses, in my role as self-employed ambassador.

The latest unemployment figures were released from the Office of National Statistics, the number of people who are unemployed in Morecambe and Lunesdale has fallen again year on year by 446 people.

That is 446 people who are now in gainful employment. It is especially good news that the number of young people who are unemployed has also fallen by 130, especially as the number of apprenticeships has increased by 50 per cent since 2010.