Tuesday, 20 April 2010

A new constituency and a fresh start

I spent today canvassing in Connor Downs and Hayle. I am really pleased that Hayle is included in the new boundary. We are getting a good reaction here. I was brought up at Connor Downs and came across many people who knew the family or have been involved in Trevaskis Farm over the years.

The new Camborne, Redruth and Hayle constituency stretches from Hayle up to Mount Hawke on the north coast and from Budock Water to Gweek in the south. The Lib Dems have got themselves in a real muddle over it all.

Last week I spent a lot of time explaining the new boundary to residents in Mawnan Smith and Constantine. Terrye Teverson has been delivering leaflets in the wrong constituency and many signs bearing her name have gone up in the wrong place, causing confusion and irritating former Lib Dem voters.

The Lib Dems used to have local activists to deliver their leaflets and put up signs but this time round are relying mainly on party workers parachuted in from up-country who don't know what they are doing.

Hayle has been ignored for far too long and the new constituency offers a chance for a fresh start. The area has struggled to regain its footing after the loss of iconic local firms like J&F Pool and has had no political voice for thirteen years. We need to attract new industries and new jobs. The Wave Hub project in Hayle is promising and I would like to build on it and establish this area as the international centre of excellence in such technologies. There are also potential plans to redevelop the harbour area which could strengthen the town's position as a tourist destination. But there are some big decisions that need to be got right and, if I am successful on May 6th, it will be an important focus for me.