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SG H&SStephen Gilbert is the Member of Parliament for St Austell & Newquay in mid Cornwall. Stephen has a record of action for standing up for local people, assisting them with problems and local issues and representing them in Parliament.

During his election, Stephen promised to always put local people before party politics. Since entering Parliament he has endeavoured to stick to that pledge and has fought for his constituents in Westminster.

Stephen has opposed the Government on issues such as the Pasty Tax, and on plans for an incinerator in St Dennis; while working proactively with his Liberal Democrat Ministerial colleagues to cut taxes for hard working local families, increase the state pension, and deliver millions of pounds more for local schools.

You find out more about his work in Cornwall and in Westminster using the links at the top of this page. If you have any further questions, or would like to raise any issue with Stephen, don't hesitate to get in touch using the details to the right.

Recent news, speeches and local campaigns

  • Children
    Article: Oct 23, 2014

    Nurseries, childminders and other early years providers in Cornwall are set for a £342,734 cash injection to help three and four-year-olds from disadvantaged families.

    Children from low income families have often fallen behind more well off classmates before they even start school.

    But from April 2015, the Early Years Pupil Premium - which has been backed by groups like Barnados, 4Children and the Child Poverty Action Group - will mean extra money to make sure every child gets a fair start.

  • Chris Maynard
    Article: Oct 20, 2014

    The St Austell & Newquay Liberal Democrats have announced that their candidate for the forthcoming Cornwall Council by-election in Mevagissey will be Chris Maynard - a local Scout Leader, environmental campaigner and former member of the Chamber of Commerce.

    Chris works in St Austell for British Energy Saving Technology, researching and marketing products to help businesses reduce their energy consumption. He is a former committee member of St Austell Chamber of Commerce where he also served as Chair of the Planning Committee.

  • Surfers Westminster Bridge
    Article: Oct 20, 2014

    Last week, Stephen Gilbert MP chaired the launch meeting of the new Protect Our Waves All Party Parliamentary Group in conjunction with Surfers Against Sewage.

    The meeting, which was attended by the Minister for Marine Environment (George Eustice MP), launched a new report into the effect of marine litter on the UK coastline which was produced in conjunction with World Animal Protection and the Crown Estate.

  • sg talking to lady
    Article: Oct 15, 2014

    The basic state pensions will rise by at least £2.85 a week thanks to the Liberal Democrats triple lock. It means 115,241 pensioners in Cornwall will benefit from an increase in their pension.

    This rise will bring the level of the state pension to at least £115.95 and will benefit millions of pensioners across the UK. This is £18.30 more, each week, than in 2010 when the Liberal Democrats entered coalition. This means pensioners on the full basic state pension are £950 a year better off than they were under Labour.

  • Paddy Ashdown
    Article: Oct 15, 2014

    Former Liberal Democrat Leader and Member of the House of Lords, Paddy Ashdown, will make a special visit to Cornwall on 11th December in support of Stephen Gilbert's re-election campaign.

    Paddy became an MP after serving in the Royal Marines and the Secret Intelligence Services. Following his time as Liberal Democrat Party Leader from 1988-1999, he became the International High Representative for Bosnia and Herzegovina. He is now a member of the House of Lords and is the chair of the Liberal Democrat's 2015 campaign team.

  • Article: Oct 15, 2014

    Stephen Gilbert, MP for St Austell & Newquay, has welcomed a further fall in local unemployment during the month of September.

    Figures published today by the Office for National Statistics show that the number of claimants in the mid-Cornwall constituency has fallen to 959 (1.6%) - the lowest level in six years and down from 1,551 (2.6%) in the same month last year.

  • Article: Oct 10, 2014

    Guide Dogs 2

    Getting off at the right bus stop is like "playing a game of chance", says guide dog owner Linda, about her experiences navigating the bus network without sight.

    Mr Gilbert got a chance to experience for himself why people with sight loss need audio-visual announcements (AV) on buses, through playing a memory game, at the Liberal Democrat Party conference this week.

  • Cornwall Decides
    Article: Sep 30, 2014

    Lib Dem members from across Cornwall gathered on Friday to develop their campaign plans for extra powers for the Duchy.

    Former North Cornwall MP and Lib Dem Political Reform spokesman Lord (Paul) Tyler chaired the event at St Mary's Parish Hall in Bodmin to discuss how Liberal Democrats locally and nationally could bring law-making powers to Cornwall.

  • pub
    Article: Sep 26, 2014

    Stephen Gilbert MP, who has been a member of the All Party Parliamentary Save the Pub Group since his election to Parliament in 2010, has backed a Parliamentary Motion calling on the Government to protect local pubs from permitted development rights.

    The Motion condemns the practice of property developers and supermarket retailers buying up former public houses and converting them without the need for planning permission. Evidence suggests that two pubs are converted into supermarkets every week across the country.

  • Stephen Gilbert visits Henry Orchard & Son
    Article: Sep 18, 2014

    Figures published yesterday by the Office for National Statistics show a further fall in those claiming jobseekers allowance in the St Austell & Newquay constituency over August 2014.

    The number claiming the benefit has fallen to just 972 - down from 1,047 last month and a reduction of 621 compared to the same month last year.

Contact Stephen

Write: 10 South Street, St Austell, PL25 5BH

Phone: 01726 63443

E-mail: steve@stevegilbert.info

Twitter: @stephen_gilbert

Facebook: stephen.gilbert1

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