Local Growth Matters

Everyone should have the ability to find highly-skilled, well-paid employment where they live. Unemployment is currently below the national average, however wages in Cornwall are significantly lower than the average in England. I want to change that and transform our economy by improving connections between local economies to drive growth and form better access to the labour market. 

Here I hope to keep you up to date on local growth developments and opportunities. 


    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’.

    Meet Megan our apprentice! #NationalApprenticeshipWeek

    This week (4-8 March) is National Apprenticeship Week, celebrating the impact of apprenticeships on individuals, employers and the economy – and one young person who has definitely benefitted from this type of training is a 16-year-old from Penzance.

    Derek Thomas welcomes Penzance heliport approval

    West Cornwall MP has welcomed the decision of Cornwall Council's Strategic Planning Committee to approve planning permission for a heliport at Penzance.

    "I believe this unanimous decision will prove a boon for many," said Mr Thomas."