David Morris column: Good friend who will be sadly missed by all

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

I was saddened to hear of the passing of Councillor Albert Thornton last week. Albert was a good friend and he will be sadly missed by all who knew him.

He served the people of Morecambe South as a Labour County Councillor on Lancashire County Council between 1997 – 
2008 and defected to the Conservative Party until he stepped down due to ill health in 2013.

Albert always said to me that he serves his constituents first, which is why he wanted to serve as a Conservative councillor, he disagreed with the then labour administration and wanted the best for those who live in his division.

Albert was also a Governor at Lancaster Royal Grammar School and was a Trustee for several charities.

In recent weeks, I have written extensively about wind power, on Monday afternoon, I received an e-mail to inform me that Lancaster City Council has again refused planning permission for the Claughton Moor proposed wind farm application, which I have actively campaigned against.

You will be aware from previous editions of this column that the Government has now issued planning guidelines which means that the feelings of local communities must be taken into consideration. I have met with representatives of the communities near to the proposed site and I think it’s fair to say that there was a lot of opposition to this proposal.

Congratulations to the Far Pavilion Restaurant in Bolton-le-Sands, who have been highly commended in the Newby Teas Tiffin Cup Competition.

The competition is organised by Keith Vaz MP, the concept is that MP’s are invited to nominate a local restaurant in the constituency that serves South East Asian cuisine to a high standard.

I am really pleased that the Far Pavilion has been recognised. I had an excellent meal there just a few weeks ago, congratulations to all of the staff.

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