I am receiving an unprecedented number of emails, the majority calling on me to support or reject the Brexit withdrawal agreement. I will not pretend that I can realistically respond to every one, simply because of the sheer number.
This week is UK Parliament Week, the aim being to inspire an interest in parliament, politics and democracy and encourage young people and the public to engage with our democratic system and institutions.
A new group which aims to investigate how best West Cornwall can bring prosperity to areas of deprivation through Government investment has got off to a flying staff by hosting the Chief Secretary to the Treasury, Liz Truss.
A theme that crops up when discussing Brexit is what support Cornwall and Scilly can expect once EU Structural Funds are no longer available. The Government has committed to a ‘Shared Prosperity Fund’ as the successor and a consultation as to how this is distributed is to be launched soon.
This week’s announcement of an extra £394m a week for the NHS is very welcome and amounts to a yearly 3.4 percent increase in real cash terms.. As I understand it, the increase is slightly higher in the early years to enable the NHS to respond to the particular funding pressure it faces today.
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