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Good news. Home care workers in Cornwall will be better paid and treated and given more time to care.

Posted on: 28th February 2019

Eight years ago I started pushing a care workers’ Charter to improve pay and conditions for the heroes who provide home care. Although this should have been sorted by the Government, it hasn’t been. However, I’m pleased that Liberal Democrats on Cornwall Council have now been able to introduce a “real living wage” base line […]

Cornwall’s Conservative MPs voted again last week to cut Government money to Cornwall Council

Posted on: 14th February 2019

That’s an 88% cut in core Government funding to Cornwall Council since 2015! £120 million in 2015. Just £14 million this year. When your Council Tax bill goes up above inflation again and public services – social care, buses, schools, public toilets, car parks etc – are cut or go up in price that’s why. […]

Conservative MPs have consistently supported cuts to Cornwall Council funding 88% cut since 2015

Posted on: 12th February 2019

Cornwall’s Conservative MPs again voted to cut Cornwall Council’s budget last week. An 88% cut in Government funding to Cornwall since 2015! That’s a cut from £120 million in 2015/16 to just £14 million in 2019/20. Link to last week’s debate and vote: https://hansard.parliament.uk/commons/2019-02-05/debates/05D59847-91DD-467E-A523-0939B77AD4D2/LocalGovernmentFinance

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Conservative MPs should apologise to Cornish Council Tax payers

Posted on: 11th February 2019

Cornwall’s Conservative MPs should apologise to Council Tax Payers for consistently voting to cut Council funding. That’s what Liberal Democrat Councillor Colin Martin and former MP Andrew George are pressing for before Council Tax bills hit local people’s mats next month. Andrew said, “Cornwall’s Conservative MPs voted to cut Cornwall’s funding again last week. Cornwall […]

Conservative MP will apologise for voting to increase poverty?

Posted on: 31st January 2019

Credit to Conservative MP Heidi Allen. She appears to speak out against her own Government’s policies which have done so much to create a big rise in poverty and homelessness.   Conservative MPs (including all our local MPs) have consistently voted to: cut working tax credit, slash support for the sick and disabled, reduced housing […]

Welcome Cameron back …to honour pledge on Cornwall’s Stadium

Posted on: 5th November 2018

Local Liberal Democrat candidate and campaigner, Andrew George, said David Cameron should be welcomed back into front line politics if that’s what he wants. But his first job should be to honour his promise to Cornwall regarding funding for the Stadium. In the lead-up to the 2015 General Election when he was wanting local votes […]

Local Post offices in jeopardy

Posted on: 7th October 2018

Since the 2015 General Election scores of local post offices have faced the threat of closure. This is not merely a coincidence. It has everything to do with a Conservative Government which backtracked on a deal agreed when they were forced by their Liberal Democrat partners to accept reasonable protections for our vital rural post […]

Government’s £270 million cut in Cornwall’s NHS overshadows ongoing indecision

Posted on: 3rd October 2018

  An enforced Government cut of £270 million in Cornwall’s NHS by 2020 still overshadows the decisions of local health chiefs. Theyve submitted an important paper for the next “Transformation” Health Board Meeting next Monday 8th Oct for discussion/decision. Health campaigner and former Liberal Democrat MP Andrew George welcomed some of the few decisions which […]

Penzance – prospects look positive

Posted on: 29th July 2018

  People respond better to kindness and civility and not so well to unpleasantness and threats… This weekend I joined local police on patrol and performed my regular stint supporting the Penzance Street Food Project (SFP). And, you know, I came away very encouraged. The prospects for Penzance remain very positive if those who speak […]

Young voter apathy is great news for the well-heeled establishment

Posted on: 26th June 2018

Attending Mounts Bay Academy’s assembly this morning I told students that the well-heeled establishment is very content with young voter apathy. “The conservative establishment don’t want you to take an interest in politics. They don’t want you to vote. Because if you do… if you do… they’d have to take notice of you. Rather than […]