Copeland MP Jamie Reed

Jamie ReedIT has been a busy few weeks. From running the London Marathon for the Junior Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) and supporting their work in Parliament, to fighting to help thousands of unaccompanied child refugees stranded in Europe; I am working across the country, and indeed the world, on your behalf.

I’m writing this column from Washington DC. I am here to meet with the NATO Parliamentary Assembly in my role as an elected member of the UK delegation. We’re working on a wide range global issues and, as always, I am vociferous about promoting West Cumbria on this world stage.

The question on everyone’s lips relates to the upcoming referendum on UK membership of the EU. This decision could not be more important.

Everyone’s vote in the referendum is equal and I respect every viewpoint within the debate. I believe that it is critical for our local economic ambitions, growth and job prospects for local people that we stay in the EU. That’s why I invited former Home Secretary, Rt Hon Alan Johnson MP, to launch Labour’s ‘In’ campaign in West Cumbria last month, and why I will set out the detail of my reasons for being passionate about remaining in the EU over the coming weeks.

Now is also a crucial moment in our efforts realise our ambitions for the future of Health Services in West Cumbria. The Cumbrian Health Economy is experiencing the most prolonged period of intense pressure that it has ever faced.

However, our best days are ahead of us and providers, commissioners, the Success Regime and the public and working to shape a Health Economy that works for us in this unique part of the world.

In order for us to fulfil our vast potential, it is imperative that Government step up to provide the resources and funding that we need to build the bright future we are capable of.

That’s why, last week, I secured a Parliamentary debate on Health Services in West Cumbria. I put a request out to constituents – send me your questions and comments on our local Health Services, and I will put them to Government in Parliament.

I called on Government to give the Success Regime the freedom to achieve its aspirations, I requested the release of funding for Phase Two of the redevelopment of the West Cumberland Hospital, and I challenged Jeremy Hunt to visit West Cumbria to meet staff and the community, to see for himself the challenges faced by our local NHS.

Although time constraints prevented me from putting every question to Government, I will be tabling Parliamentary Questions and writing to the Health Secretary to ensure that every one of your questions are answered.

There’s still time. Email me your messages for Jeremy Hunt and together, as a community, we will hold this Government to account.

Finally, my ambitious plan for West Cumbria, on which I have been working for over a decade, saw progression this week with the announcement of a £15m investment to create a National College for Nuclear to be based in Cumbria and Somerset. This funding, which I have fought for, will allow us to grow and retain the next generation of highly skilled nuclear worker. It’s an important step in my plan to develop West Cumbria as a Global Centre for Nuclear Excellence.