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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

  • jobs
    Article: Aug 15, 2014

    Stephen Gilbert, St Austell & Newquay's local MP, has welcomed further positive news for the local employment market as the Office for National Statistics announce another drop in local unemployment this month.

    The MP, who has made job creation and local investment his top priority as our MP, welcomed the news that unemployment locally had fallen to the lowest level since September 2008 and now stands at just 1,047 people (or 2.3% of the economically active working age population).

  • Article: Aug 13, 2014

    Local MP, Stephen Gilbert, has welcomed the announcement that Tulip Ltd are to invest £16million into their Cornish operations, including at their site in Bugle near St Austell.

    The announcement follows months of negotiations between Stephen Gilbert MP, Tulip, their owners the Danish Crown Group, Cornwall Development Company and the Government. The local investment will be part funded with a £4.8million Government grant through the Government's Regional Growth Funding which aims to invest in growth and job creation across the country.

  • Article: Aug 8, 2014

    Stephen Gilbert MP has written to Eric Pickles, Secretary of State at the Department for Communities and Local Government, over house building targets in St Austell and the St Austell Town Framework which is currently being agreed.

    The local MP's letter stated his support for a lower target number of new homes in the St Austell area over the next 16 years (on top of those already granted planning permission); and detailed Stephen's concerns around the infrastructure and employment needs of the local community.

  • Money
    Article: Jul 30, 2014

    Stephen Gilbert, Liberal Democrat MP for St Austell & Newquay, is encouraging local businesses with ideas for local growth projects, to apply to Round 6 of the Government's Regional Growth Fund and take advantage of advice and support being provided through the Cornwall Development Company.

    The Regional Growth Fund has already invested £210million into 39 projects in the South West, creating thousands of jobs and stimulating over £700million of further private sector investment. A further £200million is now available through Round 6 of the fund, which is now open for applications until the end of September.

  • Petition: Jul 30, 2014
  • Article: Jul 25, 2014

    Liberal Democrats have helped to restore the UK economy to pre-crash levels, figures released today show.

    The UK economy has grown by 0.8% over the last quarter, ensuring that the UK economy has now returned to the same level it had before the banking crisis in 2008.

    Commenting, Stephen Gilbert said:

    "Today is a big day for Britain. The rescue is working and Britain's economy is the same size as it was before the crash. This is fantastic news for people in Cornwall and across the UK.

  • Stephen Williams
    Article: Jul 23, 2014

    Stephen Gilbert MP has tabled a Parliamentary Early Day Motion (EDM) calling for Government action to tackle derelict and abandoned buildings. The local MP's action comes in response to the growing number of abandoned hotel buildings in Newquay which pose a serious health & safety risk as well as being an eyesore and a barrier to regeneration.

  • SG train
    Article: Jul 21, 2014

    Stephen Gilbert, MP for St Austell & Newquay, has backed a campaign to protect the Travelling Chef service on First Great Western trains between London and the Westcountry.

    The service, which operates on 25 services each weekday (including 11 daily trains on the Paddington to Penzance mainline), offers freshly cooked food to order including breakfasts, fresh sandwiches and hot meals.

  • jobs
    Article: Jul 16, 2014

    Figures released today by the Office of National Statistics show that unemployment in St Austell & Newquay has hit the lowest level since May 2010, with just 1,151 (2.5% of the economically active population) now classed as unemployed.

    Local MP, Stephen Gilbert, has welcomed this news as a further sign that the economy is continuing to recover and local people are able to find work.

  • Newquay Airport
    Article: Jul 16, 2014

    The Liberal Democrat MP for St Austell & Newquay, Stephen Gilbert, has welcomed the news that Newquay Airport is on a shortlist of sites to be considered as the home of the UK's first spaceport.

    The site in Cornwall was listed as one of eight sites across the UK which meet the key criteria laid down by Government (including location, weather conditions and available development sites). The Civil Aviation Authority has been tasked with undertaking the more detailed work necessary for Britain to have a fully functional spaceport by 2018.

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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