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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

  • 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.

  • Stephen Gilbert MP speaking in the House of Commons
    Petition: Jul 30, 2014

    Local MP, Stephen Gilbert, has joined forces with the Sun Newspaper to campaign for a VAT cut for the tourism industry.
    Stephen is calling on the Government to cut the VAT rate on accommodation and attractions to just 5%. It is estimated that this would create 120,000 new British jobs and add £4.1b in GDP.

  • 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.

  • Guide Dogs
    Article: Jul 15, 2014

    A new community scheme from Guide Dogs called Friends of Guide Dogs is giving people in Cornwall who have an interest in finding out more about sight loss the opportunity to play a pivotal role in the charity's future.

    Stephen Gilbert, MP for St Austell and a keen supporter of Guide Dogs, was the first person in Cornwall to become a Friend of Guide Dogs. On Friday 11th July, guide dog owner Ted Baker, accompanied by his guide dog Dylan, presented Stephen with his welcome pack.

  • Article: Jul 15, 2014

    Local Liberal Democrats have queried the priorities of Conservative Police and Crime Commissioner for spending £165,000 on an executive pay off at the same time as closing police front desks in Bude, Falmouth, Liskeard, Launceston and Penzance.

    Draft accounts released last week by the office of Tony Hogg, the Conservative Police and Crime Commissioner for Devon and Cornwall, revealed that he spent around £142,000 on an executive pay off for former Chief Executive Sue Howl and further pension contributions of around £23,000.

    Ms Howl left her job last year but Mr Hogg's office have refused to reveal the circumstances of her departure.

    The Commissioner's Office also spent £7,000 on promotional materials including lip balms, magnets and sweets, aimed at helping to connect with the public.

    Liberal Democrats are also concerned that the Crime Commissioner's total office costs amounted to £1.95 million, around £350,000 more than the police authority which he replaced.

    Mr Hogg has previously been criticised for claiming a £450 a month allowance for accommodation, despite local police officers saying he could stay for free in an en-suite room at Devon and Cornwall Police's Exeter HQ if necessary.

    Commenting, Phil Hutty, Lib Dem Parliamentary candidate for the South East Cornwall constituency said:

    "Local people and organisations are understandably concerned that at the same time as this dubious spending on expenses and pay-offs, policing in rural areas is under pressure and police front counters including in Liskeard are facing closure.

    "Police front desk closures mean people face having to travel mile simply to hand in a lost wallet or handbag if the desks close. I also fear that closing the enquiry offices will only serve to increase the growing disconnect between the public and police, will lead to a fall in the reporting of crime and will hit vulnerable people the most.

    "At a time when Devon and Cornwall Police, like all forces, are having their budgets squeezed both Liberal Democrats and local residents in Cornwall will be looking to the Conservatives to make sure that taxpayers money is spent wisely on front line policing, rather than wasted by the Police and Crime Commissioner."

    Cornish Liberal Democrat MPs have campaigned to reform the police funding formula to try and secure a fairer funding settlement for Devon and Cornwall Police.

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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