Morley Observer – Politically Speaking column

Newsreaders are forecasting snow, the shops are getting busy while mums, dads and grandparents are scouring the shops and catalogues to make sure they get that special Doctor Who toy before they all run out.

It can only mean one thing: Christmas is fast approaching.

Personally I love Christmas. As the local MP I get invited to Christmas parties, fairs and events across the constituency and I’ve even been known to bring along my own Father Christmas outfit and stand in when the man himself is too busy.

This year is no different – and I’ll be kicking off the festive season tomorrow at the switch-on of the Christmas lights here in Morley. With celebrities switching on the lights, guest appearances from some of the Leeds United team and a huge turnout expected, it looks set to be a fantastic evening.

It’s really no surprise that Morley town centre will have one of Yorkshire’s biggest Christmas lights events – there’s always something going on, and that’s one of the things which make Morley such a great place to live and work.

Occasions like Christmas, St George’s Day and Remembrance weekend will always be recognised and celebrated in style.

As with so many of the annual highlights, the organisation of this week’s Christmas lights has been supported by the Morley Chamber of Trade – a voluntary organisation which brings together local traders and businesses to fight for the best for our town.

It isn’t just about organising fun events though. Now, more than ever, having strong voices like the Chamber of Trade making the economic case for investment into Morley is the key to ensuring the town continues to grow.

Over the past few years, I’ve been arguing that we are in a brilliant place to invest. We’ve got great links to Leeds, Bradford and Wakefield, as well as easy access to the M1 and the M62. Whether you are commuting east to west, or hauling goods north to south, we’re on your way there.

Yorkshire Forward used to be the organisation which would help us make the economic argument for investment. Now they have been abolished by the government, we can’t afford to stop making the argument.

I hope to continue to work closely with the Chamber of Trade to ensure Morley is known as a vibrant town, in a great location, with a fantastic and dedicated local workforce.

In the meantime, I hope you will join us tomorrow to launch the festive season in style. I’ve got my fingers crossed for just a sprinkling of snow and maybe a visit from the real Santa Claus.

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Posted November 24th, 2010 by Ed's team