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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

  • Stephen Gilbert MP speaking in the House of Commons
    Article: Sep 11, 2014

    St Austell & Newquay's Liberal Democrat MP, Stephen Gilbert, has written to the Health Minister, Daniel Poulter MP, to call for statutory regulation to be extended to new groups of healthcare professionals.

    Since 2003, the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) has recommended that 11 new groups of healthcare professionals should be brought within the framework for statutory regulation, but, according to the HCPC, only two have been.

  • Sustainable Airports Report
    Article: Sep 11, 2014

    Stephen Gilbert MP yesterday chaired a Parliamentary launch of a new report into Sustainable Airports.

    The report, which has been produced by the Airport Operators Association (AOA), analyses the environmental impact of the aviation industry in the UK and sets out five policy recommendations to support sustainable airport growth.

  • Article: Sep 9, 2014

    Newquay Libdem Councillors were delighted to congratulate Cornish Libdem MP Andrew George on winning the vote on the second reading of his private members bill to correct the weaknesses in the operation of the so called Bedroom Tax which cuts housing benefit when tenants in council and social housing are deemed to have more bedrooms than they need.

  • Fowey Library
    Article: Aug 21, 2014

    St Austell & Newquay's local MP, Stephen Gilbert, took a break from his annual summer village tour today to join youngsters at Fowey Library's story time session as part of the Regatta week events

    The MP read the book George and the Dragon to a group of children and adults after it was selected based on this year's countrywide Library Summer Reading Challenge.

  • Estate Agent
    Article: Aug 21, 2014

    Stephen Gilbert MP has highlighted research from the National Housing Federation which shows that house prices in Cornwall are more expensive relative to average earnings than in London.

    Over the last year, the average price of a Cornish home has risen to £223,046 - 12.6 times greater than the average income of £17,633. Relatively speaking, this makes Cornwall a more expensive place to buy a home than the Capital, where house prices are just 10 times greater than earnings.

  • 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.

  • 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.

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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