Firstly, I would like to wish all my constituents a Merry Christmas. Thank you to all of the staff at the Morecambe Hotel for the fantastic staff Christmas meal the other Thursday.
The renovation work Rod has carried out has been amazing and if you haven’t yet had a chance to pop in it is well worth a visit.
On Tuesday last week UK ESA astronaut Tim Peake launched into space for a six month visit to the International Space Station.
As chair of the Parliamentary Space Committee I will be watching Tim’s mission with interest as I know he shares my passion for space education.
I received a letter from Tim prior to his mission and in it he promised to visit the committee after his mission to talk about how we can further space education in the UK.
Tim’s mission has gone a long way to raising awareness as children across the constituency watched his launch. I will be working with the Space to Earth programme in the New Year to try to bring a spacesuit into schools in Morecambe and Lunesdale.
To coincide with Tim Peake’s launch the Government announced their first ever National Space policy.
The policy underlines the importance of the space sector to the UK economy and the importance of growing the number of skilled and high tech jobs in the UK in this sector.
The policy also shows how the UK is already using its powerful space industry to bring benefits to all our constituents and keeps our industry at the cutting edge of a dynamic global space economy.
The success of the sector in terms of strategic importance, national security, growth and innovation is widely acknowledged and now the National Space Policy commitment to four key principles and ambitions in the government’s use of space will further strengthen the UK’s position.
We should be proud of the success of the UK space sector but the opportunity to further explore, expand and flourish the commercial space sector should be embraced.