Where I Stand

Our people must have the right and the opportunities to become the best they can be. This cannot happen if we do not have access to the necessities of life. But here in Camborne, Redruth & Hayle and across the UK millions of our people live insecure lives, and more and more children are forced to grow up in poverty.

Conservative Governments seem determined to make this situation worse. We cannot go on like this. I will fight Austerity, I will fight for decent homes for all, I will work to restore our NHS, I will fight for decent work and good wages in Cornwall, through proper investment directed by a Labour Government.

I believe that in any civilised country people must have a right to a secure home. I was born onto a council estate and have lived most of my life in a wonderful Cornish council house. I believe we must build a new, publicly-owned housing stock, both to provide homes for our people and as a democratically-accountable community asset.

Camborne, Redruth & Hayle and Cornwall

We all know the effects on our constituency of decades of Thatcherism and Austerity. We have seen our industries destroyed, including the hard rock mining and engineering that were part of how we defined ourselves and our communities.

Where once there was Holman’s, now there is a supermarket.

And this is an illustration of the way our working life has deteriorated – from good jobs we thought were secure, that were skilled and respected, to the ‘gig economy’ of part-time work and zero hours contracts.

Here in the industrial heartland of Cornwall, one of the poorest parts of one of the poorest regions in Europe, with historically lower pay than other parts of the UK, we are always hit first by economic downturns and benefit last from any recovery. I will fight for our local employment and economy to be reset on a new basis. we need an economy based on infrastructure development and investment in  green industrial growth, with new mechanisms for investment in the regions.

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