Eric Ollerenshaw column

Eric Ollerenshaw, MP for Lancaster and Fleetwood.
Eric Ollerenshaw, MP for Lancaster and Fleetwood.

Following on from the second report of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Pancreatic Cancer I was fortunate to get a question in to the Prime Minister at PMQs about funding into research.

It was good to hear that the Prime Minister has confirmed that a record amount of £800 million will be invested over five years to fund research centres including one in Liverpool – as I genuinely believe the more that is done to find ways to detect this disease earlier the closer we will come to starting to beat it.

Back up ‘North’ I have had a series of meetings to discuss flooding issues.

Fortunately this year – so far – the risk of flooding hasn’t been as bad as in previous years but, in the main this has been due to very good weather we have had.

However now winter is settling in this issue once again comes to the fore and I continue to have concerns about the lack of maintenance of water courses in more rural areas and I am becoming more and more convinced that the best solution to this may be the return of a local Land Drainage Board from Lancaster through to Knott End.

On Sunday I was honoured to once again lay wreaths in the constituency to commemorate those who made the ultimate sacrifice.

Every year I alternate between Lancaster and Fleetwood and this year, was my turn for laying a wreath in Fleetwood and following on from that one in Preesall.

Both events were possibly the best attended I have seen in a while and I was also heartened to see so many young people taking part, especially in this centenary year.

Later on in the day I was back in Lancaster, this time at the university to take part in a ‘Question Time’ event organised by the Students Union.

My thanks to the organisers and also to everyone who came along to participate.

Finally I have decided to bite the bullet and join Facebook.

If you would like take a look you can find me by searching