Eric Ollerenshaw column

Eric Ollerenshaw MP
Eric Ollerenshaw MP

Last week I welcomed Mark Harper MP, the Minister for Immigration to Lancaster.

As part of his ministerial duties Mark was keen to visit Lancaster University to meet both staff and students, to get an insight into the experience an International Student has here in the UK and to discuss any concerns that they might have.

This meeting did highlight some issues about the visa process which Mark has taken away with him, but more importantly demonstrated what an asset these International Students are to both Lancaster and the country as a whole – and of course what a great university we have.

Also in Lancaster I attended the Holocaust Memorial Candle Lighting Ceremony in the Memorial Gardens followed by a commemorative event in the Town Hall.

This year’s theme was the different journeys we have all travelled so not only was this a very moving event but also an extremely thought provoking one.

The event is now in its third year in this format and is becoming something of a fixture here in Lancaster.

I would like to thank Liz Neat and all the volunteers from the Holocaust Memorial Steering Group for all their hard work in putting this together and ensuring that we do not forget the atrocities that occurred.

Finally I was extremely pleased that Kris Hopkins MP, Minister for Housing, decided to pay a visit to the recently reopened Claughton Brick Works.

It was good to get to have a look around the site and have a chat with the employees many of whom have returned to the company after a five year closure.

I do feel that the fact that this local company has reopened is another sign that the economy is starting to recover.

As always, please contact me if I can be of any help.

I represent everyone that lives in Lancaster regardless of how or whether you vote.

My contact details are: email:, telephone: 0207 219 7096 or 01995 672975, or write to House of Commons, London, SW1A 0AA or 59 High Street,

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