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Richard
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20/07/2019 9:57 pm  

Campaign here for local elections in the South West, the Cornish Assembly, and the Senate seats in the South West.

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William Croft
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23/07/2019 7:26 pm  

Croft Main Street - Day 1/MS 1

William Croft arrives in Bristol, departing his train and immediately greeting local volunteers and constituents. After shaking hands and meeting the crowd that's assembled, he heads to a local open-air market, where he meets with vendors, tries some food samples, and purchases some vegetables - noting his husband will be pleased to have fresh produce to cook with.

While there, William speaks to local voters about the Conservative Party's plans to re-energize the economy: 

"The incredible vendors and shop owners I've met this morning are a testament to powerful entrepreneurial spirit we have here in Britain. It's a shame, given the fantastic amount of hardworking business owners we have, to see the Coalition Government set our economy backwards. Because of Labour and their Liberal Democrat backers, we've seen a budget passed through Parliament that has raised taxes on local businesses here in Bristol, made it more difficult for entrepreneurs to take out loans, and made it more expensive for manufacturers to ship their goods across the country. The Conservative Party's message is simple: you deserve better. With your support for our local candidates here in the South West, we'll pursue economic policies locally and in the Senate designed to grow small business. We'll lower business taxes on small and medium sized businesses, invest in training and apprenticeships to ensure we have a highly skilled workforce for employers to hire from, and eliminate capital gains tax in order to free up investment for businesses here in Bristol. It's time we have public servants who will act to unleash the full strength of the British economy, and the Conservative Party is prepared to do just that. 

William then heads to the coastal town of Torbay, where he headlines a Conservative Party election rally. Speaking about Britain's future in Europe, William says: 

The Coalition Government has made their views on the European Union very clear, and it's that they could not care less about what you, the British people, think about our future role within it. The Conservative Party takes a different approach. We believe that on an issue as fundamental to our future as our membership to the EU, that every person in our country is entitled to have a say. We don't believe it's for the Government to tell you what to think, or to decide what's best for you and your family. We believe that right, that decision, lies with each and every British voter. This year has shown that the only party with the ability and desire to deliver an in/out referendum on our membership to the EU is the Conservative Party. With Britain electing its first-ever Senate, we now have the real ability to introduce and pass legislation providing for a referendum. But that's only possible if we're returned with an outright majority, and for that to happen we need your support. When election day comes, I ask you to vote for your Conservative Party candidates for Senate, and ensure every Briton gets a say on our future within the EU. 

William rounds out his tour of the South West by stopping in Cornwall, heading to a dinner open to all interested voters in the Cornish city of Truro. William spends the first portion of the evening helping serve food, meeting with voters, and talking about the issues that matter most to those in Cornwall. He delivers the keynote address at the close of the dinner, remarking: 

This election marks a historic moment for Cornwall. For the first time ever, the Cornish people will elect members to their newly formed Assembly. And rightly so; the Cornish people have deserved this Assembly for a long time, and it is vital step in ensuring those who call Cornwall home have the local government they deserve. On the eve of this momentous occasion, my message for all of you is simple: local government runs best when run by the Conservative Party. In Wales, our Conservative Assembly members have been able to hold the failing Labour government to account. In Scotland, Ruth Davidson and her Conservative MSPs have provided a strong Opposition to the SNP where the actual Labour-led Opposition has failed to do so. In councils across the United Kingdom, taxes are disproportionately lower, services run better, and local people have accessible and transparent government. Now, we want to provide that same sort of good governance to the people of Cornwall. With your vote, Conservative Assembly members will protect the greenbelt here in Cornwall, fund the rollout of full and fast broadband access for every home in Cornwall, and allow for the creation of local grammar schools so no child is held back as a result of the circumstances of their birth. The creation of the Cornish Assembly opens up so many doors for Cornwall, and now we must make the most of it. With the Conservative Party leading the Assembly, we'll be able to do just that. 

William Croft
Member of Parliament for Bracknell
Shadow Foreign Secretary
Chairman of the Conservative Party
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Macmillan
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23/07/2019 9:33 pm  

Macmillan Mainstreeting, Day 1

Dylan Macmillan travelled to the South West where he toured the region extolling the values of the Conservative Party and outlining why the South West should elect the Conservative Party at both the regional and senatorial levels.

To one set of voters he spoke about the Conservative Party's plans for education, devolved to Cornwall by the recently passed Reform Act but also within the purview of the Senate.

"The Conservative Party recognise that the old one size fits all approach to education doesn't work anymore, Comprehensive Schools have led to falling standards that no end of money being thrown about can solve permanently. If we continue to follow the Government's course of action we will throw endless amounts of money at schools but always need to find more next year. Our approach in the Cornish Assembly and the Senate will be different. Rather than trying to teach fish how to climb trees we want students to learn to express themselves on their level using their strengths. If a student is more vocationally inclined then it is natural that they should be in a school more geared towards vocational education, if a student is more academically inclined then they should be in a school that is more geared towards academic education.

To that end we have a plan for education in this country and in the South West. We will end the ban on the creation of new Grammar Schools, indeed we shall promote their creation, at one time there was a Grammar in every town, let's aim for that ratio again shall we? On top of this we shall introduce technical A-Levels for the less academically inclined to provide a rigorous vocational alternative to the traditionally academically-based post-16 education in schools. On top of that we have outlined plans to empower teachers and parents by promoting the conversion of schools into academies and prepared the way for Cornwall to have the most generous student loans in the country with repayment only beginning when one earns more than the national average salary. Whichever way you look the Conservative Party are a win-win for education in the South West

To another set of voters he spoke about the unlimited potential that is the Conservative Party's plan for Cornish tourism:

Cornwall's economy is built on tourism, you guys have some of the best beaches in the UK for surfing, sun-bathing and the good old fashioned sand castle competition. The Liberal Democrats are hamstringing the British tourism industry as part of a Government that has hiked taxes on cars, petrol, and aircraft putting the entire Cornish economy at risk. Not only have the Conservative Party rejected these nonsensical proposals in our Shadow Budget but we have also prepared a plan to promote Cornwall and the South West as a hub of British tourism both domestically and internationally.

A vote for the Conservative Party on May the [date] is a vote for a Cornish Government that would create a government-backed tourism board to promote Cornwall to domestic and international tourists. If elected our representatives would promote investment in the renovation of Cornish infrastructure and lobby central government hard to improve transport links between Cornwall and the rest of the UK. We would put money aside to support the restoration of historic monuments and landmarks that give Cornish tourism such a rich and vibrant cultural element, and we will pledge to take steps to promote the learning of the Cornish language to help further develop this element.

Finally he spoke about Cornwall's many rural communities and how the Conservative Party plan would help them in the face of the Government's plans

Much of Cornwall is rural which means that a Cornish Government must have plans to further develop the county's rural economy, fortunately our plan for Cornwall has many great innovations and policies that will protect the rural way of life for the people of this county and of the broader United Kingdom. For starters we will prevent urban sprawl by protecting the Greenbelt, an important regulation that prevents the UK from beginning to resemble a dystopian metropolis from the East to the West and the South to the North. We will move to protect Cornish fishing in the event of a leave vote in any future EU referendum. I want to remain in the EU but if we leave we must reap the benefits of that decision and undoubtedly an independent fishery policy that protects Cornish fishermen and women would be one of them. We must do more to renegotiate the Common Fisheries Policy and to protect Cornish fishing, a Conservative Senate and a Conservative-led local government would prioritise these things on day 1.

But beyond that we must ensure that Cornwall is ready for the 21st Century, we will fund rural broadband locally to ensure that those that need it most get access first rather than a centralised bureaucrat telling Cornwall what it needs, we will work to protect Cornish families from egregious taxes that discriminate against the vehicles you need to get around, and we will fund a programme to remove potholes across the county. These are local problems that this Government haven't been able to solve because they haven't been listening to you, the Conservatives will listen and we will do what we need to to make your lives better and allow you to flourish as people and as a county.

Conservative MP for North East Bedfordshire
Leader of the Opposition (2014-16)

Prime Minister (2014)

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General Goose
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23/07/2019 11:11 pm  

Graham Adiputera went mainstreeting throughout the South West to support Liberal Democrat candidates, both for the special Senate elections and the inaugural Cornish Assembly elections. 

On Liberal Democrat accomplishments in government: 

“The Liberal Democrats have, even as Westminster has descended into infighting and petty point-scoring, been delivering success after success for the British people. The Liberal Democrats have secured historic investments in mental health, in public health and prevention, in science and innovation, in levelling the playing field between London and other regions of our economy, in creating a green and carbon-neutral industrial strategy fit for the 21st century. Liberal Democrat policy initiatives and fiscal discipline have allowed us to end austerity - including scrapping such awful policies as the bedroom tax and restoring the legal aid budget - while still bringing the deficit down by faster than what the Tories would have done. 

The Liberal Democrat contribution to government is distinctively liberal. We are standing up for civil liberties, for empowering local communities, for allowing individuals to have the power and say over their own lives, in a way the two-party system of old would not have done. We have secured extensive political reforms - including lowering the voting age to 16, securing Cornish devolution and replacing the House of Lords - that the two-party system of old failed to deliver. For people in the South West - who value freedom and recognise the essential role of public services - only the Liberal Democrats embody those values.” 

On Liberal Democrat support for Cornish devolution:

“The Liberal Democrats have consistently championed Cornish devolution. We support devolution on principle, as a fundamental principle - decisions are best taken by those affected by them, at the lowest possible level, because that is how you avoid out-of-touch politics and that is how you get bold, innovative, outside-the-box thinking. The case for devolution to Cornwall - with its distinct culture, heritage, sense of community and economic circumstances - has always been especially overwhelming. 

So that is why the Liberal Democrats voted for Cornish devolution at every turn, have long championed it in parliament, and took the lead in advocating a ‘Yes’ vote as the Tories stood on the sidelines. Your Liberal Democrat candidates are community champions - and on the devolved issues where Cornwall needs fresh thinking, such as ensuring equitable economic development and effective local services, they will be on the front lines.” 

On the Conservative campaign: 

“The Tories completely dropped the ball on Cornish devolution. The fact is, when it comes to every other type of devolution, all the parties were active in the campaigns, in the public exchange of ideas, in putting forward and championing proposals and subjecting them to scrutiny and debate. But the Tories were completely absent when it came to Cornwall. They said nothing. Zilch. There’s was the only general election manifesto that didn’t mention Cornwall. Not once. 

Some of them - like William Croft - said they supported Cornish devolution, but only after the results were already in. You have to doubt their sincerity, considering they voted against it in parliament at every turn. Quite frankly, the Conservatives have failed Cornwall. Don’t forget that Mary Cambel was one of their MPs here, after all. And the Conservative policy programme - cutting the pupil premium, cutting the public health budget, rejecting investments in public services and tomorrow’s economy - is one that the whole of the South West just can’t afford.”

ACCOMPANYING LEAFLET:

On the front side of the leaflet, a large landscape picture of the Cornish coast, with amber text reading “THE LIBERAL DEMOCRATS: CHAMPIONS OF CORNWALL” and the following text underneath it:

“The Lib Dems have long said that Cornwall deserves devolution - that the answers needed to fix Cornish problems are best devised by the people of Cornwall, that protecting Cornish heritage and culture is best done from Truro rather than Westminster, that a smart Cornish economic strategy is best made by the Cornish. 

While the Conservatives were absent, we delivered devolution.” 

The back side of the leaflet, flanked by pictures of candidates for local government and the Senate meeting with voters, continues to talk about Lib Dem achievements and values. Various text boxes, again accompanied by icons, go into detail about what the Lib Dems have achieved or will go on to achieve. 

ENDING AUSTERITY…

Under the Liberal Democrats, the “pupil premium” to support disadvantaged students has more than doubled; the worst austerity cuts are being reversed and then some; NHS and school spending is growing in real terms; and we are investing more in infrastructure and housing. 

...WHILE SUPPORTING BUSINESS AND FISCAL RESPONSIBILITY

Under the Liberal Democrats, access to capital and advisory services for small and medium businesses has expanded, through the British Business Bank, and billions more is being invested in research and innovation to keep our economy on the cutting edge. We have championed a regulatory relief act, helping businesses deal with red tape, and a new strategy to support local enterprise hubs and businesses scale up. We are bringing the deficit down, faster than the Tories would, through fiscal discipline and an aggressive fight against tax dodging. 

PROTECTING THE ENVIRONMENT

The Liberal Democrats are the leaders on protecting our environment. We have fought for more money for environmental protection, have cut subsidies for fossil fuels, and have invested billions in green jobs and decarbonising our economy. We are currently leading the way on a bill to green our transport sector and implement a National Air Quality Plan. With your support, we will champion a new Nature Act to preserve our natural beauty, continue British leadership in new climate change legislation, and continue moving towards a zero-waste economy. 

TACKLING BURNING INJUSTICES

The Liberal Democrats have taken action on some of the most burning injustices in our society - making up for underinvestment in mental health, supporting those with disabilities in getting the skills and opportunities they need, fighting homelessness and period poverty, repealing the bedroom tax, standing up for the rights of refugees, fighting the gender and race pay gaps. There is more to do - the Liberal Democrats are committed to an equalities agenda, supporting LGBT+ equality, banning upskirting and female genital mutilation, promoting civil liberties by repealing draconian laws.

FIXING OUR BROKEN POLITICS

The Liberal Democrats are the champions of political reform - votes at 16; proportional representation; replacing the House of Lords with the Senate; supporting devolution and localism to empower communities and give power to the people. 

At the bottom of the page there is both the legally required text and a form that can be cut out, allowing the recipient to get in touch with the candidate, either to discuss issues, to request GOTV assistance, or to offer support.

Graham Adiputera (Lib Dem - Sutton and Cheam)
Deputy Prime Minister
Liberal Democrat Leader
Foreign Secretary
Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Climate Change
Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Technology

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Steven Andrews
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23/07/2019 11:14 pm  

SW Mainstreeting, Day 1

Shadow Chancellor Steven Andrews met with voters in Penzance for the dual Senate and Cornish Assembly campaigns, strolling down the street and shaking hands on a walk from the train station (he arrived on the overnight train from London).

On the environment:
"In Westminster, we've pledged not only to make transport greener but to ensure that new commercial developments work to make using public transport easier and more appealing. We've also pledged to help an aggressive transition to electric vehicles...with the exception of emergency vehicles, which we want to make sure will still work during a power cut since that can be exactly when they're needed most, and rural needs vehicles since electric and hybrid designs aren't yet suited to those needs while they also remain expensive. In Cornwall, we'll fight to preserve the greenbelt and our forests, improve public transport...like the train I came in on this morning...and fight for a sustainable fisheries policy."

On transport:
"I came in on the train this morning because it was convenient to do so from London, but it isn't nearly as easy to get here from places other than London. The Tories will work to both improve public transport, making it more accessible and keeping it affordable and improve Cornwall's connections to places in the UK, particularly to places other than those named "London" with more frequent and better-run connections than CrossCountry has provided you with. There's no reason that Cornwall shouldn't have services that are at least as nice as Scotland and Wales get.

"Down in the nuts and bolts, in the Cornish assembly the Tories will fight for a programme of pothole repairs as well as examining our infrastructure for roads, bridges, and the like that are at the end of their useful life so they can be replaced and improved to modern standards before they become a hazard."

On access to banking services:
"The Tories will fight for an "Access to Cash" bill in Parliament. Within Cornwall, we will work to ensure that smaller communities have regular access to more than just a stray ATM that wants to hit folks up for fees. We'll provide a "banker of last resort" service which will fill in for towns and villages where private banks have chosen not to operate, letting people access accounts and get funds needed for their day-to-day lives without having to travel to the nearest city because that's the only place the banks want to operate. And we will work to ensure that a ready supply of physical, in-your-pocket pounds are kept available to keep the local economy running."

Steven Andrews, MP for Croydon South

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Steven Andrews
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23/07/2019 11:16 pm  

Shadow Chancellor Steven Andrews spoke in Truro rolling out the Tory manifesto for the Cornish Assembly elections.

"Thank you all for coming to help me kick off this historic election for the first Cornish Assembly. As always, it is our duty to step forward to offer the people of Cornwall sober, responsible governance and mature leadership in their new assembly just as we offer it to all of Britain in Westminster.

"In place of whatever wild promises the LibDems may offer you...I don't know what they'll come up with, but I'm sure it will at least be interesting to read...we offer common sense proposals and reasoned plans for the future of this fine region, for its people, and for its economy.

"As all evidence is that this will be a straight fight between us and the LibDems, if you honor us with a majority we promise to introduce the following policies:

"We will both help university-bound students and those pursuing technical vocations and professions alike. For the former, we will introduce student loans which only require repayment once you are earning more than the national salary. In short, we will help you avoid the trap of going to college and being stuck with a degree you can't use and a job that doesn't pay off. For those who find that their talents are in working with their hands, those much-needed plumbers and electricians, carpenters and mechanics, we will introduce technical A-levels to help you on your way to certifications in your relevant fields.

"We will launch a programme of roving GPs, who will provide access to regular appointments, checkups, and the like for those in smaller and more isolated communities. We will also work to establish tax credits and so on to attract new investment and medical research, bringing both improved care and innovation to Cornwall as well as solid jobs.

"And we will work to both protect and promote the beauty that is our country and our countryside...at the same time protecting it for future generations and promoting it for tourists to visit both from around the UK and around the world. In line with this, we will take steps to protect, preserve, and promote both the Cornish language and the heritage of Cornish culture with dedicated agencies as well as by working with existing groups dedicated to promoting Cornwall's heritage.

"As you can see, these are not the wild promises that some might offer you...they are solid, thought-out ideas which will help both Cornwall and the people who live here make their way towards a future that is not just more prosperous, but also culturally richer and fundamentally sustainable. Thank you very much."

Steven Andrews, MP for Croydon South

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Steven Andrews
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23/07/2019 11:17 pm  

(OOC: Tory Cornwall manifesto attached...botched the attachment on the last post.)

Steven Andrews, MP for Croydon South

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Richard
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24/07/2019 12:04 am  

End of Day 1 marker.

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Samantha Ryan
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24/07/2019 10:40 am  

South West Billboards x2

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General Goose
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24/07/2019 4:21 pm  

CORNWALL BILLBOARD 1

The billboard takes the form of a bar chart, showing latest polling figures, with the text “ONLY THE LIB DEMS CAN BEAT THE TORIES HERE.”

“THE TORIES IGNORED CORNWALL DURING THE REFERENDUM. VOTE FOR A PARTY THAT CARES. VOTE LIBERAL DEMOCRAT.”

Legal text, and information on volunteering and donating, at the bottom - only legible to those on foot, however.

CORNWALL BILLBOARD 2

The billboard shows local Cornish Lib Dem activists, joined by prominent national Lib Dems, mainstreeting and meeting voters. 

The text on the side reads: “THE LIBERAL DEMOCRAT PLAN FOR CORNWALL: PROTECTING THE ENVIRONMENT. FIGHTING INEQUALITY. UNLOCKING OUR ECONOMIC POTENTIAL. VOTE LIBERAL DEMOCRAT.” 

Legal text, and information on volunteering and donating, at the bottom - only legible to those on foot, however.

Graham Adiputera (Lib Dem - Sutton and Cheam)
Deputy Prime Minister
Liberal Democrat Leader
Foreign Secretary
Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Climate Change
Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Technology

Parliamentary - 36
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Policy - 48


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Brown
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MP for Clacton
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24/07/2019 7:28 pm  

South West:

Day 2: Truro Main Streeter

Edwin went canvassing in the Truro city center with Conservative candidates for Senate, the Cornish Assembly, & Local Office

Edwin, speaking on Truro’s transportation issues:

“I don’t have to tell you all that Truro struggles with traffic management issues. Unfortunately, local government has not kept up with the growth of this great city. Truro and South West England at large both deserve representatives in local government and in the Cornish Assembly who will make the smart investments needed to ensure that transport keeps up with growth. The Conservative party is the only party with the policies to build up smarter transport options that are both effective and cost-effective.

By electing Conservatives, the people of Cornwall and South West England can ensure that important investments are made such as utilizing better traffic management systems and installing traffic calming devices which will help save lives on the road. We are also committed to supporting the construction of a bypass to help move traffic away from the Threemilestone-Treliske-Highertown corridor which will have the benefit of not only diverting traffic away from a congested region, but will also open up opportunities for the construction of new housing.”

Edwin, speaking to the shortage of housing in Truro and the wider Cornwall area

“The massive growth of Truro, Cornwall, and the whole of South West England is a great boon to the economy which has created jobs throughout the region. Unfortunately, the growth of this region has also created other problems. We just talked about the strain on transport services and the need for greater investment but there’s also another major problem: housing. Housing in Truro has become increasingly limited, and whenever there is a limited supply, the price of housing and rents skyrocket. Unfortunately, little has been done to address this important problem. Fortunately, Conservatives have a plan to increase access to housing, promote responsible construction of new housing, and make home ownership more affordable for everyone.

By electing Conservatives to local, Cornish, and Senate offices, we can ensure that the right people are in place at every level to support forward-thinking policies that will result in a greater supply of affordable housing. Conservatives will continue to fight to fulfill its vision laid out in our Manifesto to build 200,000 new homes throughout the UK--and with the support of Conservatives locally and regionally, we can ensure that many of these houses are built here where they are most needed. Conservative policies will also ensure that the construction of new homes is done in such a way that is environmentally and fiscally responsible. It’s time to demand action on housing--and Conservatives are leading the way.”

Edwin, speaking about Conservatives investing in Newquay Airport:

“In order to continue to support the massive growth of Truro, Cornwall, and the whole of South West England, we need to invest in regional airports like Newquay to continue to strengthen our transportation infrastructure. Newquay Airport is one of the fastest growing airports in the UK which appears on track this year to increase the number of passengers it handles by just under 50%. In order to support such a massive growth in air traffic, we need to invest in building up facilities at Newquay Airport including expanding and improving the passenger terminal and building up more facilities to support and encourage more air cargo companies to land in Cornwall. This will require investment and a vision for the future--and I’m proud to say that the Conservative party has that vision.

It would also be remiss of me to overlook the fact that Newquay is currently on the short list by the Civil Aviation Authority to be the location of a future Commercial Spaceport. While it will likely take some time before commercial space travel becomes a feasible transport option, the possibility of leading this revolution in Cornwall is something to be excited about and presents an excellent opportunity for the United Kingdom to lead the way as we begin to pioneer a new era of transport. As always, the Conservative party will have its eye to supporting the future in a fiscally and environmentally responsible way and we must elect Conservative candidates at all levels to guarantee responsible investment in Cornwall and South West England’s future.”

Edwin Brown
Conservative MP for Clacton (2014-Present)
Shadow Minister for Business, Infrastructure, and Transport
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Anthony Harte
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24/07/2019 9:17 pm  

Anthony Harte, MP, campaigned in South West England today for the Senate, Cornish Assembly and local elections.

On the topic of "false devolution":

I always love hearing the Tories coming to regions like Cornwall and patting themselves on the back when it comes to devolution. There's more power coming back to the regions from London and everything is going to be great if you just vote for them more and if you believe them. And they're somewhat right- devolution is something that we should support and that ends up making services and governments more responsive to the people they serve. But when a Tory comes here and says they'll make devolution work better for you- they're selling you a false bill of a goods. Because they just want to pass on the costs.

Look at how much the Tories like William Croft or the oh-so-talented Leader of the Opposition come in and say that the Cornish Assembly will do better on healthcare or education or tourism. And of course how great it will be to couple this with lower taxes. But that's it. They say these things and hop on a train or in a motorcade and leave you feeling good about yourselves. Then, when they're in power and they're cutting taxes for millionaires, they're sending the bill here to Cornwall. And when there isn't enough to pay for roads or a Tourism Authority or healthcare or education... all you get is that false bill of goods. Labour supports bringing power back to where it belongs- but we also believe in supporting and nuturing that power. We believe in making sure our regions have the finances that they need to provide necessary and efficient public services to people. We don't believe in passing the bill on to you- but instead giving you the same rights, the same access to care, the same ability to get a job or an education as we would fund anywhere else in Britain. So let the Tories congratulate themselves on their johnny-come-lately devolution stance. Vote for Labour- and actually get the finances you deserve to keep this region humming.

On the topic of environmental protection:

One of the facts you can't argue is the importance of fishing and aquaculture to this region. For centuries fishers have fed a country, a continent, and a world with the rich stocks of seafood, and in so doing created thousands upon thousands of jobs connected to this important industry. But there is a looming threat out there, and it's one that parties like the Tories continue to ignore, even when they're here begging for your votes: climate change.

We know, right now, that our climate is changing and it's because of our actions as humans. Pollutants in the air have fundamentally affected weather patterns- giving us warmer summers, wetter and milder winters. It's given us greater Arctic ice melt, which has changed the very chemistry of the oceans. And it's clear that this impact will be felt by the communities here in the South West most of all: less fish, less seafood out there for your catches. Not only will climate change make weather more extreme, but it will destroy everything this region is built on. 

That's why Labour has been at the vanguard of making sure that we have a clean-energy strategy and a push to avoid the worst of the changes to come. And we've been doing that all while the Tories are pretending everything's alright. We've expanded funding for clean energy, using the natural resources of the South West to provide new sources of power. We'll make sure to invest in new, innovative solutions so we can move away from coal, oil, and gas to provide a cleaner, brighter future. And we'll do this while saving jobs. So vote for Labour at all levels this election, and get real investments for real results. Labour has a plan for a renewable-energy future, and it's one that's going to mean real opportunities in the South West.

On the topic of inequality:

For so many people that want to see the benefits of their hard work, the jobs they're in seem like a trap rather than a path forward. Men and women, mothers, fathers, and children put in hard hours and are still paid low, kept below even a modest standard of living while others seem to move on ahead with ease. This has led to a clear division in Britain- divisions that are obvious to see based on where you live, what your education is, what race or gender you are...

These are the divisions that Labour has stood up to fight. While it was a Labour Government that enacted a national minimum wage to ensure anyone who works can afford their most basic needs, this Labour Government wants to go further. We're empowering agencies to seek out and identify causes for low pay and we're going to be pushing for serious action to tackle those causes. We're wanting to make sure that people earn a fair wage. Labour has always stood for a basic principle of fairness: if you work, you should be able to live and thrive in this country. 

Not that we get a lot of help. The Tories come here, as they do whenever there's an election, to promise you the moon. They paper over and ignore real problems in the South West where the average income is lower than any other region in England. And in power, they'll cut services in order to reward their backers in London. But that's not what Labour stands for- not at any level of government. We'll fight for pay equality and pay fairness- putting far more in your pocket than the Tories will ever promise you. Labour's policies mean more opportunity, more progress, and more wealth for the workers and the families of the South West. 

Anthony Harte MP
Wirral West | Labour Party
Parliamentary: 1
Media: 1
Policy: 3

(Prior to 1 July 2019: Asil Ediboglu)


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General Goose
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24/07/2019 9:32 pm  

MAINSTREETING - DAY 2 - SOUTH WEST

(Due to Morgan's RL absence, Rick and Ed approved me taking his mainstreeting slots for the final day)

On housing: 

“Whether you live in an urban community - where rents are often unsustainable and a good family home can be unaffordable - or a rural community - where affordable housing is a necessity to keep communities going - housing is a very important issue. The Liberal Democrats are proud of our housing strategy, which includes incentivising private homebuilding, liberalising planning laws while promoting livable spaces and beautiful communities, and building new houses directly. 

We have championed the British Housing and Infrastructure Development Bank, building new homes and more infrastructure, leveraging both public and private finance to build the housing developments that our country needs. We have supported the direct construction of social homes. We have started ending expensive government programmes that drive up housing costs. We have also established a £250 million Homelessness Action Fund. The Liberal Democrats are the undisputed leaders on housing policy.” 

On candidates for the Senate: 

“Thanks to the Liberal Democrats tirelessly advocating constitutional reform, even as the Conservatives have flip-flopped back and forth and opposed measures such as votes at 16 and proportional representation, the new Senate elections are a great chance to have a democratic say. The people of the South West can elect a slate of terrific Liberal Democrat candidates - including long-standing advocates on important issues such as pollution, transport, Cornish devolution and LGBT+ rights.” 

On the ambitions for Cornish devolution: 

“On issues such as economic development, schools, public health, culture, rural communities and environmental preservation, the people of Cornwall have a chance to elect committed champions in the form of local Liberal Democrat candidates. We understand how important devolution is to dealing with these issues in a sustainable, accountable and innovative way, and while the Conservatives dodged this debate, the Lib Dems have always argued that devolution is necessary to give power to the people.” 

Accompanying leaflet:

The page is titled “SOUTH WEST LIBERAL DEMOCRATS - WORKING FOR YOU”, and is made up of some profiles of the various Liberal Democrat candidates standing in communities around the region. A brief paragraph at the top explains “Voters in the South West have a historic chance to elect a team of Liberal Democrat community champions to the Senate, the Cornish Assembly and local government. These Liberal Democrats will fight for inclusive economic growth, a green and just world, and an open and tolerant United Kingdom.” 

Each profile is accompanied by a small picture of the candidate meeting voters. The first profile is of Caroline Voaden. “Caroline Voaden is a journalist, campaigner and small business owner, giving her many experiences that will enable her to be a great Senator for the South West. She is passionate about the NHS, mental health, support for bereaved families, environmental protection and reforming the EU.” 

The next profile is of Helen Belcher. “Helen Belcher has a long history of standing up for communities and protecting the rights and opportunities of everyone she knows. She is particularly passionate about LGBT+ rights, justice and equality issues, environmental quality, and education, having been a school governor.” 

Next is a profile of Paul Tyler. “Paul Tyler has a distinguished history of holding politicians of all parties to account and of campaigning for political reform, democratic accountability and updating our antiquated constitution. This includes campaigning for a Cornish Assembly.” 

A photo at the bottom includes the candidates above, and other candidates, with their names, professional backgrounds and area listed, with “Winning Here” and “Working For You” placards after a good day’s campaigning. 

The back page of the leaflet is divided into two halves: the first half, with Lib Dem colours, chronicles some of the Lib Dem achievements in government, with handy icons denoting the subject (such as wedding bells for equal marriage), while the other half, in dark and foreboding blues, covers the recent Conservative record. 

In the Lib Dem side of the page: 

  • EQUAL MARRIAGE
  • VOTES AT 16
  • A CLEANER ENVIRONMENT
  • MORE HOMES
  • THE PUPIL PREMIUM
  • TAX-FREE PERSONAL ALLOWANCE
  • SUPPORTING SMALL BUSINESSES
  • PENSION TRIPLE LOCK
  • REDUCING THE DEFICIT
  • MORE MONEY FOR THE NHS
  • OPPORTUNITIES FOR YOUNG PEOPLE

On the Conservative side of the page: 

  • CUTTING PUBLIC HEALTH
  • FLIP FLOPPING ON RAIL FARES
  • FLIP FLOPPING ON FOREIGN POLICY
  • OPPOSING POLITICAL REFORM
  • NASTY POLITICS
  • BACKROOM DEALS AND HORSE TRADING
  • DOUBLE STANDARDS
  • WEAK MANIFESTO 
  • NO PLANS ON KEY ISSUES

Beneath this, a by-line, yellow text against a black strip, reads “WHEN POLITICS IS AT ITS WORST, THE LIB DEMS GET STUFF DONE.” 

At the bottom of the page there is both the legally required text and a form that can be cut out, allowing the recipient to get in touch with the candidate, either to discuss issues, to request GOTV assistance, or to offer support.

Graham Adiputera (Lib Dem - Sutton and Cheam)
Deputy Prime Minister
Liberal Democrat Leader
Foreign Secretary
Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Climate Change
Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Technology

Parliamentary - 36
Media - 53
Policy - 48


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Faye Gallacher
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24/07/2019 10:52 pm  

Cornwall HPE - Radio Broadcast

Posh BBC guy: “This is a party political broadcast on behalf of the Labour Party” 

[Recordings of multiple Conservative politicians describing the election of a Senedh as ‘historic’ – William Croft, Dylan Macmillan etc. This is eventually halted by the sound of a record scratching.]

Narrator: It’s funny, isn’t it? When the Labour Party spearheaded a bill that gave 16 year olds the vote, gave you the power to elect Britain’s second chamber and gave the people of Cornwall an assembly so that the Cornish people had more power over Cornish affairs, the Conservative Party opposed it every step of the way.

[Speech clips of Conservative politicians in Parliament opposing the reform bill are meshed together until they blur into endless noise].

Narrator: This is a historical moment thanks to this Labour led government. If the Tories had their way, we wouldn’t be having this election. Cornish people wouldn’t make decisions for Cornwall – politicians like Dylan Macmillan would be. It’s time to ignore their warm words and send them a message by denying them a majority in the Senedh that they voted against and couldn’t be bothered campaigning for.

But it isn’t enough to vote against something. We need something to vote for.

It’s absolutely crucial that a Labour voice is there for the people of Cornwall on [date].

The Conservatives have voted against every Labour attempt to get meaningful investment into green technology and renewable energy. Now they know green issues are a vote winner and that the people of Cornwall want a clean and green Cornwall, they’re happy to talk a big game.

We know that the Conservatives cannot be trusted with our economy. When they were in government, we saw huge cuts to public services, low growth and declining wages. The Labour Party have proven you can tackle the deficit fairly, while encouraging growth, ensuring your wages increase and delivering record employment.

We’ve been fighting for ordinary working Britons. Promising to protect them from cradle – investing in Sure Start and early years – to their late years, creating a National Care Service that provides care free at the point of use.

We know the past few years have not been easy, but we want to make it clear that Labour is now working. And it’s working for you. But you can only see the results if you vote for them.

For a Senedh that works for you, vote Labour on [date].

"[we] would rather die than leave the Labour Party." - Emily Thornberry.


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Sir Geoffrey Birch
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MP for Bexhill & Battle
Joined: 10 months ago
Posts: 98
24/07/2019 11:31 pm  

Prominent Conservative backbencher Sir Geoffrey Birch toured the cities, towns and villages of the South West with the Conservative Party's Senate candidates for the region and candidates for the Cornish Assembly, speaking to voters on topics of interest.

 

On international trade: “The South West is inextricably linked with Britain's history of trade, as Isambard Kingdom Brunel's steamships linked Britain to the world. His ships would sail to New York, Australia and India in a manner unmatched in their day. They even laid the first durable telegraph cable across the Atlantic to Canada and the USA, eventually making a small beach in Cornwall the communications hub of the world. A vote for the Conservatives is a vote to continue this legacy of international trade and innovation with our allies. We will engage in negotiations for a comprehensive trade and investment partnership with the Commonwealth and the United States, expanding the market for British goods abroad, providing access to the best that our friends can offer too, and opening our country to new international investment that grows our economy.”

 

On education and skills: “The skills that we need throughout life come from many sources and in many ways. The Conservatives will nurture the different ways we learn and grow, so that young people can get the best start in life, no matter how they learn best. We understand that not all children benefit from an academic setting, and would be better served with more effective vocational training. A Conservative presence in the Senate and on the Cornish Assembly will champion technical education by boosting the number of available apprenticeships for young people. We understand that dealing with life's normal expenses can be difficult at university. The Conservatives will replace the existing maintenance with more generous loans, to help students get by without jeopardising their studies. And, we understand that some vital life skills don't always naturally flow from the syllabus taught in the classroom. The Conservatives will introduce mandatory citizenship and financial education into secondary schools, to make young people aware of the values of our nation and to provide fundamental financial literacy that they'll need throughout their lives.”

 

On rural connectivity: “In our modern world, the internet is increasingly vital. Whether it's students learning online to help with their homework, businesses communicating instantly via email, or getting news through something called “Twitter” that my office tells me is very important, instant communication and access to information is a prerequisite these days. We must ensure that the whole of Britain benefits from what the best of the internet can bring to their lives, and that means making sure that rural areas, like here in Cornwall or Devon, or my own corner of Sussex, don't fall behind. We Conservatives will deliver the world's first 5G network, bringing even faster speeds and greater capabilities, and unlike other parties, you can trust on the Conservatives to deliver it to rural Britain too.”

Sir Geoffrey Birch | Conservative Party
MP for Bexhill & Battle (2001-present)
Former MP for Northampton South (1983-1997)
Parliamentary experience: Novice (28)
Media experience: Novice (22)
Policy experience: Unknown (12)

Formerly: Deborah Carpenter, Conservative, MP for Hertford & Stortford, Former Chancellor of the Exchequer


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