Hartlepool MP raises fishing concerns in Parliament

Hartlepool MP Iain Wright
Hartlepool MP Iain Wright

HARTLEPOOL’S MP has spoken in Parliament about the difficulties facing town fishermen.

MP Iain Wright joined in a House of Commons debate today, describing how hard it has become for people in the town to get involved in the fishing trade.

His comments follow discussions about England’s fishing industry being threatened with disaster by quota cuts proposed by Europe.

Mr Wright said: “The fishing industry in Hartlepool is not a staple industry like it is in other constituencies but it does go back 800 years.

“During my time in this House, that determination to pass on the business has become increasingly difficult.

“It’s not getting any easier for my constituents to be part of the fishing industry.”

The debate heard the future of fishing was “gloomy”, with MP Austin Mitchell, of Great Grimsby, calling on ministers to “fight and protect” its interests at an EU Fisheries Council meeting next week.