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Andrew George

Promoting the
Politics of Courage

I’m running a positive campaign to restore decency and honesty to our politics. To build a brighter future. To combat those who want us to become more inward-looking, backward-looking, more self-absorbed. I’ll build a campaign for an outward-looking, forward-looking and compassionate country.

We’ve been misled by a privileged clique who’ve irresponsibly played on fears to stoke prejudice. We must get beyond the Brexit chaos they’ve dragged our country into. We must restore the things that matter for the sake of our children’s future – our NHS, our schools and the very sustainability of our planet.

Come and join a growing campaign team. We’re determined to win this seat back this time, to make the difference, to build a brighter future.

Many people say “you politicians are all the same”. That statement has never been more untrue. The choice here is stark:

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Only political change will end this sewage scandal

Posted on: 27th March 2024

Sewage Companies must be forced to invest in clean-up, not giveaway top exec bonuses and shareholder dividends. Figures released by the Environment Agency today show that South West Water nearly doubled raw sewage discharges in the last year – from 290 …

Cons give £500m to holiday homes while local families struggle

Posted on: 21st March 2024

  • 12,500 holiday homes• 25,000 local families on housing waiting list• 190 homes available for rent• Conservatives gave £500 million of taxpayers’ money to holiday home ownersConservatives handed over £500 million of taxpayers’ money to holiday …

Conservatives reject proposed Inquiry into Emergency care crisis

Posted on: 28th February 2024

Conservative Councillors today rejected a proposed Inquiry into the serious crisis in Urgent and Emergency care in Cornwall. Health bosses admit at least 20 avoidable deaths occur in Cornwall every month caused by excessive ambulance queues and delays, …

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I’d welcome the chance of devolved government to Cornwall (and to Scilly if it chose to be part). Let’s see what’s actually proposed in the King’ Speech later today (Wednesday 17th July).
Why, I hear you ask?
Cornwall Council was ordered by government to hand out over £400 million of taxpayers' money to holiday home owners in the last 10 years.
If we had real devolution, Cornwall could decide whether it would be better to spend that money on something more worthwhile ...like secure, in perpetuity, first homes for locals in housing need.
We have an "Integrated" Care Board in Cornwall (effectively) run by central Government. If we had devolution we could merge NHS and Care budgets and ensure the real and effective integration of services.
Since 1960 Cornwall has been one of the fastest growing places in the UK - almost trebling our housing stock! We've done what successive Westminster governments have told us to do. But it hasn't solved our underlying problems. The housing prospects of local families have got worse. Under proper devolution Cornwall should have the power to overcome a planning system currently fuelled by greed rather than need and to instead ensure our communities get the homes we need.
Cornwall needs its own devolved government to handle matters like this, and to support our local authorities, health services and government agencies operating here.

news.sky.com/story/calls-for-cornwall-to-get-devolution-deal-akin-to-wales-13178983#:~:text=Mr%20....
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I’d welcome the chance of devolved government to Cornwall (and to Scilly if it chose to be part). Let’s see what’s actually proposed in the King’ Speech later today (Wednesday 17th July). 
Why, I hear you ask?
Cornwall Council was ordered by government to hand out over £400 million of taxpayers money to holiday home owners in the last 10 years. 
If we had real devolution, Cornwall could decide whether it would be better to spend that money on something more worthwhile ...like secure, in perpetuity, first homes for locals in housing need.
We have an Integrated Care Board in Cornwall (effectively) run by central Government. If we had devolution we could merge NHS and Care budgets and ensure the real and effective integration of services.
Since 1960 Cornwall has been one of the fastest growing places in the UK - almost trebling our housing stock! Weve done what successive Westminster governments have told us to do. But it hasnt solved our underlying problems. The housing prospects of local families have got worse. Under proper devolution Cornwall should have the power to overcome a planning system currently fuelled by greed rather than need and to instead ensure our communities get the homes we need. 
Cornwall needs its own devolved government to handle matters like this, and to support our local authorities, health services and government agencies operating here. 

https://news.sky.com/story/calls-for-cornwall-to-get-devolution-deal-akin-to-wales-13178983#:~:text=Mr%20Maguire%2C%20the%20MP%20for,the%20Senedd%20(Welsh%20parliament).&text=He%20said%20Cornwalls%20%22cultural%20distinctiveness,deserving%20of%20a%20special%20arrangement.

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Who would be making the decisions? Council officers? Tory led council? Current decisions, like the one to give Newquay airport to American property developers (with no experience of running an airport) with no consultation or scrutiny, would give a clue as to what would happen. How would accountability be ensured?

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Too many decisions about Cornwall are taken by Westminster or by their agencies. Ben Maguire MP and I are calling on the new government to give Cornwall the powers we deserve.

If we succeed, we can really shape Cornwall for the good, ensure services are run more efficiently and empower people to take control of their communities.

#cornwall #cornish #Kernewek #cornishassembly
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Too many decisions about Cornwall are taken by Westminster or by their agencies. Ben Maguire MP and I are calling on the new government to give Cornwall the powers we deserve.

If we succeed, we can really shape Cornwall for the good, ensure services are run more efficiently and empower people to take control of their communities.

#cornwall #cornish #Kernewek #cornishassembly

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While I agree in principle, the last time the Lib Dems decided to interfere with the way Cornwall was run they went against the will and the referendum of the Cornish residents, and brought in a unitary council to 'be more efficient' to save money. This has been an absolute failure for which we Cornish are still paying for with a less efficient service than when there were the district councils. There is no way a Westminster based political party can or will help Cornwall, the only party with a clear agenda to serve Cornwall and it's residents for the best is Mebyon Kernow.

Now we have no Tories as MPs it would be good to see a united effort to help Cornwall.

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Pleased to visit charities promoting protection of marine wildlife in St Ives today. British Divers Marine Life Rescue Cornwall Seal Group Research Trust and Cornwall Wildlife Trust @OperationSeabirdDay .
@Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra)'s @Marine and Coastal Wildlife Code
Cornwall at its best...everyone working together for people and nature in glorious Cornish sunshine. Thank you everyone!
Learn more about best practice for all water users
www.cornwallsealgroup.co.uk/.../enjoy-respect.../
#conservation #marinewildlife #seals #opseabird #opseabirdsw #teamwork #partnership #marineconservation #LiberalDemocrats #stives #stivescornwall #shorebirds #naturerecovery
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Pleased to visit charities promoting protection of marine wildlife in St Ives today. British Divers Marine Life Rescue Cornwall Seal Group Research Trust and Cornwall Wildlife Trust @OperationSeabirdDay . 
@Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra)s @Marine and Coastal Wildlife Code 
Cornwall at its best...everyone working together for people and nature in glorious Cornish sunshine. Thank you everyone!
Learn more about best practice for all water users
https://www.cornwallsealgroup.co.uk/.../enjoy-respect.../
#conservation #marinewildlife #seals #opseabird #opseabirdsw #teamwork #partnership #marineconservation  #LiberalDemocrats #stives #stivescornwall #shorebirds #naturerecoveryImage attachmentImage attachment+1Image attachment

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Thank you for popping down today, was good to meet you!

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It’s unbelievable! Water companies still want to reward themselves for failure by again hiking-up their already massive bills! My Cornish Liberal Democrat parliamentary colleague, Ben Maguire, and I are calling on the new Labour government Ministers to halt this.

Despite water companies failing to invest in pollution control and safe water supplies, bills nationwide are projected to rise by an average of £94 over the next five years. The Liberal Democrats have been advocating for stronger regulations by Ofwat and a ban on executive bonuses, at very least until discharges and leaks are addressed. Urgent action is needed to halt these unwarranted price hikes

South West Water was set up by the Conservatives as a risk-free, ethics-free, money-printing emporium. It has largely ignored its responsibilities to its customers and to the environment, which it views as entirely secondary to providing eye-watering share and top exec payouts. It is a national scandal that these disgraced firms are demanding more money from families and pensioners currently struggling with the cost-of-living crisis, all whilst they’ve increased raw sewage discharges.

After years of Conservative Ministers letting these shameful polluters get away with it, we now need tough action, starting with a ban on bonuses and a block on large bill hikes. Communities spoke loudly at the election, demanding an end to the sewage scandal and water firms stuffing their pockets with bonuses and dividends. The government and regulator must now listen and act.
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It’s unbelievable! Water companies still want to reward themselves for failure by again hiking-up their already massive bills! My Cornish Liberal Democrat parliamentary colleague, Ben Maguire, and I are calling on the new Labour government Ministers to halt this.

Despite water companies failing to invest in pollution control and safe water supplies, bills nationwide are projected to rise by an average of £94 over the next five years. The Liberal Democrats have been advocating for stronger regulations by Ofwat and a ban on executive bonuses, at very least until discharges and leaks are addressed. Urgent action is needed to halt these unwarranted price hikes

South West Water was set up by the Conservatives as a risk-free, ethics-free, money-printing emporium. It has largely ignored its responsibilities to its customers and to the environment, which it views as entirely secondary to providing eye-watering share and top exec payouts. It is a national scandal that these disgraced firms are demanding more money from families and pensioners currently struggling with the cost-of-living crisis, all whilst they’ve increased raw sewage discharges.

After years of Conservative Ministers letting these shameful polluters get away with it, we now need tough action, starting with a ban on bonuses and a block on large bill hikes. Communities spoke loudly at the election, demanding an end to the sewage scandal and water firms stuffing their pockets with bonuses and dividends. The government and regulator must now listen and act.

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It's obscene that share holders and executives make money from an essential utility. It should be a service into which profits are reinvested instead.

Water and rail privatisation dreadful experiments that should be reversed. Nationalise them and plough revenue back into British assets. Not Australian infrastructure funds, German, French and Canadian shareholders.

Surely the directors of companies are responsible for all that goes on during their watch. So either they should resign or be fined

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It was an honour to take the Cornish Oath yesterday in Parliament. All of our five fellow Cornish MPs have now done the same.

I first took the oath in Cornish in 2005, following the successful campaign for the official recognition of the language. In May 1997, I was the first MP to use our language in the Commons when making my Maiden Speech.

This is not a mere symbolic gesture for us. Cornwall deserves to have its uniqueness recognised and to be treated distinctively. I have never regarded Cornwall as an English County. That’s why my Liberal Democrat colleagues and I also fought the successful campaign when I was last in parliament for Cornwall to secure “national minority” recognition.

The new Labour government is expected to include proposed devolution legislation in next week’s King’s Speech. We all want Cornwall’s status to be recognised in this.

However, it’s really important not to misunderstand the purpose. It’s not a bid for Cornwall to pull up draw-bridges, or to become narrow or insular. Quite the opposite. It’s not about cutting ourselves off, but it is about cutting ourselves into the celebration of diversity in the UK and across Europe. In that regard, Cornwall has contributed much and has much more to contribute.

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Just hope that Starmer stops talking about the four Nations of Britain, there are five. Worryingly Cornwall has not been included in any talks with other communities so far either. I hope we are not being ignored

Shame it was an oath to the crown

Well done Andrew, a true man of the people. Brilliant.

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Speaking Up

We lost by the narrow margin of just 312 votes at the last election. I was asked by news reporters immediately afterwards “how disappointed” I felt. I explained that I wasn’t disappointed for myself, but for the people I hoped to speak up for and who deserved to have their voice heard in Parliament.

After all, in Cornwall the Conservative Party secured the support of just 35% of the Cornish electorate yet secured 100% of the seats, …100% of the voice.

The Conservatives primarily speak up for those who are already more than able to speak up for themselves: the wealthy, the landed, big business, the privileged, powerful media barons, those who believe the poor have only themselves to blame etc.

But who’ll speak for the poor, the poorly housed, our NHS, our schools, our public servants, our environment, refugees, for Britain to be an ambassador for peace and reconciliation in a wider world, or even for foxes who’d rather not be chased to their death just for recreational fun?

Though a clear majority of voters in this constituency agree we must find a voice for the voiceless, unfortunately old fashioned tribalism ensured the votes of the majority were split and so helped gift this seat to the Conservatives on another minority vote.

We owe it to the voiceless to do all we can to stop that happening here this time. That’s why I’ve been working to seek cooperation between those on the centre/left of politics. I continue that work. I hope you’ll join me.

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