MP's Column

Many of you will know that whilst in Penzance in March, David Cameron said he was not prepared to let Cornwall remain without a stadium any longer.

The Prime Minister promised the Government would work with Sport England, Cornwall Council, local sports teams and other groups to find a way to get a new stadium built. He stated 'We will work up different options by autumn 2015, with a view to ensuring construction of a new stadium begins as soon as possible after that'.

David Cameron also added that funding would be made available if money is needed, stating 'Cornwall has long needed a stadium - I have seen that it can have a really transformative effect.' There is no lack of commitment from the six Cornish MPs, David Cameron and George Osborne to deliver a stadium - if the current West Langarth proposal in Truro fails then we will look for alternatives. As the Prime Minister said, Cornwall has long needed a stadium.

Last week the Prime Minister announced that Naval personnel from the Royal Naval Air Station Culdrose will be amongst 3,000 Britons to be honoured with a medal inscribed: 'For Service: Ebola Epidemic West Africa', for their help dealing with the outbreak of Ebola in West Africa. The 820 Squadron and the MASF joined RFA Argus last Autumn as she sailed from Falmouth and was stationed off the shores of Sierra Leone. One of the most dramatic exploits of the Culdrose team took place when the 820 Squadron delivered more than 150 tonnes of food inland in a couple of days, a task that would have taken two weeks using vehicles on the ground. This recognition is well deserved.

In Westminster I was privileged to attend an event during Learning Disability Week and met members of our West Cornwall community who had travelled to Parliament to ensure that we heard their voice. I worked alongside people who had learning disabilities for many years and I am keen to ensure that they get the support they need to live full lives.

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Derek Thomas

Member of Parliament for St Ives