David Morris column: Bovine TB is dominating minds of farmers

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

Last week, I voted in favour of a badger cull.

I did this through gritted teeth, because I do not approve of the culling of any animals. As I said in the House of Commons, I do trust the Government to do the right thing.

You may be aware that I have a farmers’ forum in the Lune Valley. The last few meetings have been dominated by the issue of Bovine TB.

The livelihood of our hard-working farmers and their communities were at the forefront of my mind.

I do blame red tape created in Europe because there doesn’t appear to be a method of distinguishing between infected cattle and vaccinated cattle. Over the coming weeks I will be working with local farmers, NFU, DEFRA and the Badger Trust to find a way forward.

I have made no secret of my opposition to wind farms, opposing new developments in the constituency and campaigning in Westminster for the Government to consult communities.

I am delighted to tell you that the Government has now announced that there will be new planning guidelines. This means that the view of the local community will be taken into consideration.

Traditionally, the need for renewable energy had overridden the feelings of the community.

I am pleased to tell you that will no longer be the case.

I am sure this will be good news to those who have campaigned against wind farms in Heysham and the Lune Valley and from my perspective culminates the many hours of meetings with upset residents and meetings with Ministerial colleagues.

On Thursday, I was one of four speakers to address the Business and Economic Forum at Lancaster & Morecambe College.

The conference brought together business leaders, local Government and academics.

The debate was interesting and I think the college has identified an excellent manner to work together for the benefit of the whole community to reap the economic benefit that the M6 link load will bring.

You can find me online www.davidmorrismp.co.uk. My e-mail address is david.morris.mp@parliament.uk or call my office directly on 01524 841225.