MP's Column

On Saturday I had the great privilege of welcoming the Lifton Bikers to Land's End as they completed their charity bike ride from John o' Groats. These cyclists were raising money for research into Motor Neurone Disease and had raised over £25,000 by the time they arrived at Land's End. I met their colleague Jeremy Durrell, who has MND and is now completely paralysed with this cruel disease, and the Cornwall Motor Neurone Disease Committee who all had stories of their own about loved ones stricken by the disease.

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Last week saw the start of my annual drop-in surgeries which continue across West Cornwall until the end of November. These informal drop-in surgeries took place at Sennen Farmers' Market, Cafe Art in St Ives, the Queens Arms in Breage, Lion and Lamb in Ashton and my Constituency Office. This is your opportunity to raise any issue or concern without making a specific appointment. A full list is available at, however, traditional surgery appointments continue as usual and can be booked with the constituency office for anyone who prefers this.

The first ever ‘Great Western Dog Walk’ gets underway at 11am from Marazion on Saturday (1st Oct). This dog walk is an opportunity to raise funds for Cornwall Hospice Care, show our appreciation to the staff and volunteers and take a walk on the beach with others who have experience of the incredible work Cornwall Hospice Care does. Everyone is welcome to take part in the walk which ends on Penzance Prom where there will be a Farmers' Market, a story-teller telling ‘Doggy Tales’ and the chance for younger dog-walkers to decorate their own doggy cookies.Entry to the Great Western Dog Walk is just £3 per person or £6 for a family. Register online at

There is free car parking available at Marazion (car parks adjacent to the Godolphin Arms) and return travel will be available for those who need a lift back to Marazion.

You can also register on the day from 9am at the Godolphin Arms. I hope to see you on Saturday!

Derek Thomas

Member of Parliament for St Ives