David Morris column

David Morris MP.
David Morris MP.

Last week I was able to invite 10 community leaders from the constituency to 10 Downing Street to reward them for all of the hard work they do in the community.

The group included a School Head teacher whose school is now outstanding, Representatives from Morecambe and Lunesdale’s largest employers, individuals who have turned companies around and are now taking on new staff, and Charity figures.

A tour of Number 10 Downing Street is a once in a lifetime opportunity and it was brilliant to say thank you to people who work tirelessly every day for our local community.

In light of energy prices being cut by many companies in the last few weeks I decided to ask the Secretary of State for Energy if any assessment had been made of the oppositions price freeze policy on energy prices.

The answer came back to say that a price freeze would have a negative impact on energy prices by increasing regulatory risk and decreasing incentives for companies to cut prices.

It would also have a negative impact on investment.

A more risk averse approach to investment could affect supplier decisions regarding the size of their workforce, and have a direct negative impact on jobs and workers at Heysham Power station.

Another issue I have been investigating this week is the price farmers are being paid for their milk.

Supermarkets are lowing the retail price of milk and it is becoming a worry that this will eventually lead to the devaluing of milk.

George Eustice MP said: “All operators in the supply chain should receive a fair price for their goods.

“We regularly bring together supermarkets, processors and farmers through the Dairy Supply Chain Forum to discuss issues such as collaboration, risk management and market volatility.

“The Groceries Code Adjudicator was set up to help suppliers if they feel they are being treated unfairly by retailers and we encourage dairy suppliers to use the GCA where they feel the grocery code has been breached.”

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