Eric Ollerenshaw column

Eric Ollerenshaw, MP for Lancaster and Fleetwood.
Eric Ollerenshaw, MP for Lancaster and Fleetwood.
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Last week I was delighted to welcome Baroness Warsi, former Faiths Minister to the Priory here in Lancaster, to give a talk on Faith, religions and the role they can still play in the modern world.

This was an extremely well attended event and it was good to meet many people from all different religions.

My thanks to our vicar, Chris Newlands, for organising this event and of course Sayeeda for taking the time to deal with what can be a very sensitive issue.

I also welcomed the crew of the All Weather Fleetwood Lifeboat to Glasson Dock last Saturday, where they were being presented with a cheque of £1354.84 by Tony Robinson and Pam Myers.

Tony and Pam have for many years raised money for the Fleetwood Lifeboat and I would like to take the opportunity to thank them for all their hard work and efforts as well as thanking all the very generous people who support this very worthy cause.

As many of you know the lifeboat service is manned predominantly by volunteers who give up their free time to ensure the safety of those at Sea and I would also like to thank them for their incredible work.

Finally I met with residents of the Moor Hospital site to discuss problems they have been having with getting telephone lines installed and therefore their ability to access the internet.

Unfortunately this is not the only local new development that has been experiencing these problems – New Quay is another one that I am in discussion with BT about – and I really do think it is unacceptable that local people are having to wait months to have a phone line installed.

I feel that it is possible that one of the reasons behind these problems is the virtual monopoly that BT has over the infrastructure.

However, I also feel that in the modern world we live in, telephony should be treated in the same way as other essential services, as I am sure that no-one would expect move into a new home with no electricity or water particularly given the importance of the internet in this day and age.