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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: 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.

  • Article: Jul 7, 2014

    The Coalition Government has today (7th July) announced a £48.9 million 'Growth Deal' investment for Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly.

    The Growth Deal aims to create a thriving and vibrant local economy across Cornwall and Isles of Scilly by investing in the infrastructure, public transport, skills in the labour market, and business support needed to encourage economic growth.

  • NHS
    Article: Jul 2, 2014

    Stephen Gilbert, Lib Dem MP for St Austell & Newquay, has joined with MPs from across the country to ask for a debate about parking charges at local hospitals.

    The request was made yesterday to a meeting of the Backbench Business Committee, which gives groups of backbench MPs the opportunity to raise issues which are important to their constituents, and was led by Conservative MP Robert Halfon.

  • SG H&S
    Article: Jul 2, 2014

    Stephen Gilbert, St Austell & Newquay Liberal Democrat MP, has welcomed the decision by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence to allow the use of Ipilimumab as a first line treatment for advanced melanoma in appropriate patients.

    This new treatment will allow patients suffering from Melanoma, described as "one of the most aggressive forms of cancer" by Melanoma UK Founder Gill Nuttall, to potentially increase both their current quality of life, and even their chances of long-term survival.

  • Stephen Gilbert MP visiting War Graves in St Columb
    Article: Jul 1, 2014

    On Friday (27th June), St Austell & Newquay Liberal Democrat MP, Stephen Gilbert, joined the Commonwealth War Graves Commission to pay his respects at war graves located in his constituency.

    The visit, which took place during the centenary year anniversary of the outbreak of World War 1, was led by Ian Thornett, the South West Regional Supervisor from the Commission.

  • Stephen Gilbert at POD Event at Eden Project 240614
    Article: Jun 24, 2014

    St. Austell and Newquay MP Stephen Gilbert and children from Tower House School in Paignton visited the Eden Project today to welcome an electric car that is travelling around the UK to promote sustainable motoring.

    The Eden visit is part of a 17-day, 2000-mile nationwide tour taking in destinations around the UK, including London, John O'Groats, Cardiff and Land's End. It is being organised by POD Point, a leading supplier of electric car charging points.

  • Newquay Airport
    Article: Jun 19, 2014

    AUTUMN TICKET SALES FOR NEWQUAY TO GATWICK

    Following meetings between Flybe, Newquay Airport and local MP, Stephen Gilbert, Flybe has today put on-sale tickets for the Newquay to London Gatwick route until 6th January 2015.

    The future of the route has been subject to uncertainty while Cornwall Council (the owners of Newquay Airport) undergo a tendering process for a PSO (Public Service Obligation) for the air link between Cornwall and London. Flybe's current schedule was due to end on 25th October.

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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