Derek Thomas welcomed Chancellor, George Osborne to Porthleven on Saturday

Derek Thomas welcomed Chancellor, George Osborne to Porthleven on Saturday with a visit to a seaside restaurant where he met business leaders from Helston and Porthleven.

He visited the Kota Kai restaurant in Porthleven at the invite of conservative candidate Derek Thomas and owners Jude and Jane Kereama. They opened the restaurant in October 2011 and have turned it into a Cornish coast success story.

Mr Osborne chatted with local business owners and discussed the Conservative’s plans to get more young people in Cornwall on to apprenticeship schemes. And he stressed the importance of every vote on polling day.

George Osborne said: “We've set out a plan for the working people of Cornwall - and small businesses are at the heart of that plan, because they're so important to creating jobs in places like Porthleven.

“That's why our excellent St Ives candidate Derek Thomas wanted me to meet with local firms to see what more we can do to back them. It gave me a chance to talk about our plans to cut small business burdens, and back key local infrastructure improvements to roads like the A30.

“People I speak to say that the important thing to them is economic security - and they are worried about what would happen to that security and the jobs and investment that depends on it under a Labour/SNP Government, particularly for the South West. Derek Thomas has been a strong voice for the need for better paid and more highly skilled jobs in West Cornwall, and he will continue to champion the cause of Cornish businesses as your MP"

Derek Thomas said: "I'm pleased that the Chancellor came to Porthleven and took time to talk to local business owners. He has shown that despite our distance from Westminster, a Conservative government will continue to support West Cornwall and our economic prosperity. I firmly believe that we can do more to stimulate growth in this constituency, and if I am elected as your MP I will work hard to that end."

Owner of two restaurants in Porthleven, Jane Kereama, said: "This village is entirely populated by small businesses, and we have watched it go from strength to strength. The business environment has definitely improved in the past five years, and we really appreciate George Osborne coming here and showing his support".

Photo George Osborne chats with local business owners with Derek Thomas in Porthleven.


George and Derek try their hand in the kitchen.