Your views matter
Do you live in the St Ives Constituency? I want to hear from you.
We expect big changes in the coming months. When the new Johnson Government find they can’t secure a new Brexit deal don’t be surprised if you’re asked to vote again…
With your support we can win it back and forge a better future for the country and our communities.
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“Revoke Article 50” would be counterproductive – don’t do it!
Spoke at the Liberal Democrats’ Conference 15th September 2019. I urged the Party Leadership not to adopt a policy to “Revoke Article 50”. I predicted that it would be “counterproductive” – that we would be punished by electors for adopting the policy and which is more likely to result in Brexit proceeding.
I warned that the “Dominic Cummings’ Government would use our policy as a stick to beat us with” – describing us as “illiberal and and undemocratic”. I could write the words for them.
We should be building bridges not alienating our supporters.
I stand by my prediction and warning.
NHS Proper Funding Proper Staffing
The Save our NHS campaign group, made up of NHS professionals and cross-party health campaigners, had its official launch on Saturday 30th June, in the form of a vigil in Penzance town centre on the eve of the 70th Birthday of the NHS – Saturday 30th June. Hundreds gathered to hear health professionals and campaigners speak about the current crisis faced by the NHS, to support the campaign’s ‘Charter’ and to sign the petitions.
Conservative Cuts to Cornwall Council
Cornwall’s Conservative MPs recently announced that Cornwall Council would have “increased spending power of £16 million in 2019/20”.
But this actually means they have voted to cut Cornwall Council’s income from Central Government by £4 million and given the Council the power to demand £20 million extra from Council Tax payers!
We are calling on Cornwall’s Conservative MPs to apologise for misleading the public and explain why they have voted to cut the Council’s income from Central Government by £4 million.
Tax-Dodging Second Homes
Invest in local first homes – Clamp-down on tax-dodging second homes
We note that the law presently permits thousands of second home owners to avoid paying a fair share of Council, Business and Income Tax to the detriment of legitimate holiday businesses, local residents, taxpayers and public services. They also have unacceptably preferential influence in national elections.
We therefore demand that Cornwall is granted the planning, tax and voter registration powers to ensure fairness in the housing and holiday letting sectors and equity in the tax, public service and electoral registration systems.