Eric Ollernshaw column

Eric Ollerenshaw MP.
Eric Ollerenshaw MP.

Last week in Parliament I had the pleasure of presenting some of the pupils from Lancaster Girls Grammar School with a first place award in Parliament’s ‘Lights, Camera, Parliament!’ competition.

The girls submitted a short script into the ‘Secondary: Script’ category of the competition to explain a new law that they wanted, which in their case was “Smoking should be banned in all public places.”

They were invited down to Parliament to collect their award from me at the presentation ceremony held in the British Film Institute following a tour of Parliament.

This is a fantastic achievement for them and I would like to congratulate everyone involved for all the hard work they have put into entering the competition and showing some of the big players in the film industry just how much talent there is in our city.

I was also able to speak up in Parliament again about BT’s conduct in rolling out rural broadband in our area. As I have said before, BT have shown a distinct lack of transparency with their plans for rolling out our rural broadband, failing to provide a map of their plans for future coverage as well as leaving out one of our largest villages, Glasson Dock.

Not only that, but the way BT have continued to install broadband in the area surrounding the Broadband for the Rural North (B4RN) project means that they are effectively ‘boxing in’ one of our local social enterprises. .

In Lancaster, I was invited on to a discussion on radio to mark the 40th Anniversary of the present Lancashire County Council’s creation following the 1974 Local Government Act. Held in the castle, the discussion itself was interesting, if only because it reinforced just how much history and potential there is in our area.

We covered everything from the changes in the county over the last 40 years to the perception of Lancashire in the south and to what we all thought was in store for the future of Lancashire. But as someone born and bred in the original county, in Ashton–under–Lyne, then true Lancastrians remain all those within the boundaries of the original County Palatine.