MP's Column

On Friday, I was privileged to visit Germoe Community Primary School and Sithney Community Primary School. Both schools are very happy places to teach and to learn and I left feeling glad that schools in West Cornwall are doing such an exceptional job of preparing our young children to live full lives and learn good skills.

I attempt to visit one school every Friday for the following reasons:
to encourage the staff and children because they do a great job;
to be available so that our children have the opportunity to ask me any question they like;
to talk about the work that is being done to create more skilled jobs in Cornwall for young people;
and to take to Parliament any concerns teachers have.

Everyone wants the highest standards in education. We need to trust our teachers to know how best this can be done with the pupils they teach. I am setting up a meeting with Nicky Morgan MP, the Education Secretary, to meet with a small group of West Cornwall teachers to discuss the challenges they face and work out what we can do more to support our teaching staff.

On Tuesday, London Mayor, Boris Johnson MP,  met businesses from Helston, The Lizard, Mullon and Helford. In total 34 businesses from the St Ives Constituency showed their amazing produce and met with some of London's best known outlets, restaurateurs and hoteliers in the Houses of Parliament.

This 'producers market' also brought to London small businesses from St Just, Pendeen, Penzance, St Ives, and St Buryan. The intention is that these local entrepreneurs, who have put so much effort into creating their business, will find new markets for their goods.

The cause for celebration is that everything on display in the heart of London was transported on the railway from Penzance by the new express freight service, a service that did not exist 3 months ago. This service, has the potential to reduce congestion on our roads, reduce harmful emissions and provide a faster, safer mode of transportation for locally made goods.

Derek Thomas
Member of Parliament for St Ives