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Minister talks tourism on visit to St Ives

West Cornwall MP Derek Thomas welcomed the Tourism Minister Nigel Huddleston MP for a walkabout around St Ives to discuss how businesses have fared since lockdown restrictions were lifted in early July – and the prospects for the next few months.

Party chair visits Penzance

The co-chair of the Conservative Party, Amanda Milling MP (right), paid a recent visit to Penzance and, with MP Derek Thomas, met up with Richard and Siobhan Tubb, landlords of the Dolphin Tavern.

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‘I entirely recognise the strong desire to reflect the pride that we feel in our different parts of the United Kingdom. We are at the start of a process. I am not saying either yes or no; we are simply at too early a stage in this process to decide.

NHS Trade and Nurses Pay!

A couple of concerns have arisen following the Trade Bill passing through Parliament and Chancellor, Rishi Sunak’s speech (both 21st July).  One is the perceived risk to the NHS from future trade deals and the other is the apparent exclusion of nurses from newly announced pay rises.

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This Parliament is unique in that it is able to debate and pass legislation paving the way for trading agreements around the world - something the UK Parliament has not been able to do for decades.

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There has been an important development in the world of communications this week as the Culture Secretary brought to an end the debate on whether Huawei is the company to deliver the Government’s 5G ambitions.

Find out how to make your workplace COVID-secure

These guides cover a range of different types of work. Many businesses operate more than one type of workplace, such as an office, factory and fleet of vehicles. You may need to use more than one of these guides as you think through what you need to do to keep people safe. Further guidance will be published as more businesses are able to reopen.

Coronavirus FAQs: what you can and can't do

The government has set out its plan to return life to as near normal as we can, for as many people as we can, as quickly and fairly as possible in order to safeguard livelihoods, but in a way that continues to protect our communities and our NHS. The government has published guidance on staying alert and staying safe outside your home. This page sets out key FAQs to cover the next set of changes planned from 11 July.

Getting a coronavirus test in Cornwall

A few people have contacted me about concerns for coronavirus testing locally, particularly as we welcome back visitors to our beautiful area.

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The general expectation is that everyone takes part in the recovery now that restrictions are eased. The irony is that some are chomping at the bit but are not permitted to do so yet. This includes owners of beauty salons and live performers to name just a few.