Campaigns

Mousehole infrastructure

In the week before the Whitsun Bank Holiday at the end of May 2018, a leak occurred in the waste water pipework underneath the car park next to the Coastguard Hotel in Mousehole.

Post Offices

Currently, ten rural post offices in West Cornwall have either closed or are at risk of closure, including the offices on the Lizard, at Porthleven, Carbis Bay, Leedstown, Heamoor, St Keverne and Newlyn.

Jobs and Growth

MP Derek Thomas, with Emily Kent, Cornwall Council’s Head of Economy, Skills and Culture, has formed a new group which aims to investigate how best West Cornwall can bring prosperity to areas of deprivation through Government investment.

Goonhilly Earth Station

Following a visit to the Goonhilly Earth Station in July 2015, Derek was elected to the Science and Technology Select Committee and also joined the All Party Parliamentary Group for Space. Goonhilly Earth Station has established itself as one of the most strategically important sites in the world

Cornish Fishing Industry & Brexit

Fishing remains a vital part of the Cornish economy. More than £20 million of fish is landed every year in Newlyn alone and the total value of the industry, when seafood processing is factored in, is worth almost £100 million to the Cornish economy.

Edward Hain Community Hospital 

Edward Hain was, along with all other Cornish and Scilly hospitals, operated by Peninsula Community Health until April 2016 when it was transferred to the Cornwall Partnership Foundation trust (CPFT). The building is owned by NHS Property Services.

A30 Bypass

The stretch of A30 from Newtown roundabout to St Erth has long been a cause of concern – there are tailbacks and queues along the road at all times of the year and local traffic finds it very difficult trying to turn out on to the road from both the Ludgvan and Rospeath industrial estate roads at

Small Businesses

In Derek’s West Cornwall constituency, 87% of businesses are classed as ‘micro businesses’ employing less than 10 employees. Derek continues to argue that the UK’s imminent departure from the EU offers the Government an ideal opportunity to reform what he sees as an out-dated and unfair Business Rate system.

Penzance Harbour 

There are three stages to ensuring that Penzance has a harbour fit for the 21st century and resilient enough to withstand the expected increased weather-related stress from rising sea levels and more extreme weather.

St Erth Sewage Treatment Works

There have been intermittent complaints about the ‘pong’ coming from the Hayle Sewage Treatment Works at St Erth for many years.