Opinions

MP's Column

I am acutely aware of how seriously nearly everyone is observing the social distancing regime. Thank you. Keeping the country safe, protecting our NHS and minimising early deaths is the Government’s overriding priority. We can beat the spread of coronavirus.

MP's Column

The response of local communities to measures imposed to manage the spread of coronavirus is inspiring and extremely welcome. As the weeks of self-isolation draw out my grave concern is for people who face extreme loneliness.

MP's Column

There are many aspects of the job of Member of Parliament for West Cornwall and Scilly that are rewarding and worthwhile but not much tops the opportunity to meet constituents at the drop-in events, the latest of which I hosted in various pubs last week.

MP's Column

A vibrant tourism sector relies on good transport networks and, at the moment, public transport is nowhere near to offering a viable alternative to cars for most tourists. Therein lies the problem.

MP's Column

Few would disagree that it is a matter of strategic national interest to ensure that our country can feed itself. For the first time in over 40 years we have a historic opportunity to design a domestic agricultural policy that will create a more productive and sustainable farming sector.

MP's Column

There is no reason or evidence to believe that the UK will suddenly turn its back on unaccompanied children when we leave the EU.

MPs Column: The NHS is not for sale

After the coldest, wettest, windiest General Election campaign here in West Cornwall and Scilly I’m relieved and grateful to be re-elected for the third time as the Member of Parliament for St Ives.

General Election 2019: Derek Thomas on Crime and Policing

I welcome Boris Johnson’s recent announcement of 20,000 new police officers over the next three years to strengthen law and order.

I will work to ensure we get our fair share in West Cornwall and that, when they are needed, they are able to respond quickly and effectively.