Community Matters

Thriving local communities have much better outcomes on a number of fronts, including health and mental well-being. Much of my career before standing to be your MP was spent working in the local voluntary sector and I aim to ensure that social isolation is something that remains in the forefront of everyone’s minds. I have developed a number of initiatives that help vulnerable adults become more independent, giving them the opportunity to gain skills enabling them to secure long-term employment. Supporting local communities is deeply important to me personally and is one of my priorities as your MP. 

I am in favour of refurbishing empty houses and converting empty spaces above shops into homes. They are scattered across the constituency and could house local people relatively quickly. If you know of any properties which have been empty for a long time please feel free to contact me. I am also the Secretary for the Healthy Homes and Buildings APPG which focuses on the general health and well being of those who are living and/or working in poor quality and unhealthy environments.

To read more about what I am doing to support communities locally, and for information on wider national developments in this area, please browse the articles below. 


West Cornwall Celebrates the Great Get Together

Today sees the start of the third Great Get Together celebration which is inspired by the memory of former Batley and Spen MP Jo Cox, who was tragically killed on 16 June 2016.

There are a number of events planned to celebrate all that unite us including:


Derek's call for extra bank holiday falls on 'tin ears'

A CALL by West Cornwall MP Derek Thomas for an extra Bank Holiday next year to help those adversely affected by a shift to the early May date to coincide with the 75th anniversary of VE Day has fallen on ‘tin ears’.

Derek pushes for better policing

I congratulate the hon. Member for Batley and Spen (Tracy Brabin) on securing this important debate. It is great to have the opportunity to talk about policing and to commend our policemen and women, who do a fantastic job in difficult circumstances.

MPs Column

Last September Town and Parish Council Clerks and I joined forces to host a conference to reflect the increasing role these hands-on councils have. We discussed improving communication, policing, and plastic free initiatives etc.