Come along and meet your MP

Everybody has the right to come and see their MP even if just to say hello. That is why I have booked space at Helston Light and Life Centre on the Water-Ma-Trout Industrial Estate from 2 until 5pm on Thursday 5th October. Enjoy coffee and cake and the chance to raise any concern whatsoever. If this is not convenient you can catch me once again in Helston (11am) on Saturday 14th October. Also on the 14th I will be in Coverack (1pm), St Keverne (3.30pm) and Mullion (5.15pm).

The second ever Great Western Dog Walk in aid of Cornwall Hospice Care takes place on Saturday October 7th, starting at the Godolphin Arms in Marazion and making our way to the Jubilee Pool in Penzance. This year we are introducing a ‘fun dog show’ to kick off the event. Registration for the whole event is from 9am, the dog show begins at 10am and the Great Western Dog Walk at 11.45am. You can pre-register at www.cornwallhospicecare.co.uk. If you would like to volunteer on the day call my office on 01736 363038. It would be great if you could join us. A dog is not essential although you will receive a free ‘doggy goody bag’ of treats and things once you complete the walk!

In September I hosted a visit to Newlyn Harbour by Rural Affairs Secretary, Michael Gove MP. We met with fishermen and discussed with harbour commissioners plans to revitalise the market and marine engineering facilities. This multi-million pound investment requires confidence in our fishing industry’s future. This visit contributes to the preparation of a UK Fisheries Policy, due to be presented in draft form next year. A UK fisheries policy provides a significant opportunity for our fishing fleet, in particular our inshore fleet, many of whom work out of Porthleven and along the Lizard coastline. Compared to foreign factory ships the fleet presents a far more sustainable form of fishing and keeps these small coastal villages alive. Michael’s visit gave me reason to believe that fishing has a real opportunity to go from strength to strength here in West Cornwall.

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