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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

  • School
    Article: Mar 14, 2014

    Cornwall's Liberal Democrat MPs have welcomed news of an additional £3.5million for local schools. Today's announcement from Liberal Democrat Schools Minister David Laws will mean that funding will be allocated to local areas on the basis of the actual characteristics of their pupils and schools, rather than just on the basis of historic levels of spending. A total of £350million will be made available to schools across the country, with priority given to those with high numbers of pupils from deprived backgrounds.

  • Guide Dogs
    Article: Mar 10, 2014

    Last Friday, 7th March, Stephen Gilbert, Lib Dem MP for St Austell and Newquay, accepted the challenge from Guide Dogs for the Blind Association to put on a blindfold and walk round the streets of St Austell, being guided by a guide dog.

    Mr Gilbert takes a keen interest in the work of Guide Dogs and wanted to find out more about how people who are blind and partially sighted can benefit from using a guide dog as a mobility aid. He met Guide Dog Mobility Instructor Karen Price at his constituency office in St Austell and set off with Guide Dog, Dotty, for a walk round the town centre. Shoppers, who were out in the town enjoying the Spring sunshine, were fascinated by the sight of their local MP stepping out confidently, putting his trust in a dog. Guide dogs are trained to give people with little or no sight the ability and confidence to be independently mobile. Mr Gilbert was fascinated to experience how Dotty was able to guide him round obstacles, stop at kerbs and generally keep him safe.

  • Lib Dem Logo
    Article: Mar 10, 2014

    It is now Liberal Democrat party policy to introduce a "Devolution Enabling Act where by legislative devolution is available to Cornwall (recognising its historical, cultural and linguistic claim to autonomy)".

    It would allow Cornwall to demand and negotiate a package of law-making powers that would be transferred from Westminster to Cornwall. A Devolution Enabling Act would also allow London and other areas in England with a population of a million people or more to bid for their own law-making assembly if they wanted to.

    Lib Dem members, MPs, members of the House of Lords and local councillors in Cornwall have long-supported plans to devolve more powers to Cornwall and to establish a Cornish Assembly.

    In 2009 Dan Rogerson MP introduced the Government of Cornwall Bill which would have created a Cornish Assembly with similar powers to the National Assembly for Wales. Since 2010 Cornish Liberal Democrat MPs have been campaigning for a 'Cornwall deal" to bring more decisions about how money is spent from Westminster and Whitehall to Cornwall, in the same way that 'city deals' have devolved decision making to the likes of Plymouth, Bristol, Manchester and Sheffield.

  • Cornish Flag, Stephen Gilbert, Stephen Williams, Eric Pickles, DCLG
    Article: Mar 5, 2014

    Stephen Gilbert, the Liberal Democrat Member of Parliament for St Austell & Newquay, has today helped to hoist the flag of St Piran on top of the Department for Communities and Local Government in London.

    Mr Gilbert was invited by the Secretary of State Eric Pickles MP to attend the raising of the Cornish flag, alongside the Union Jack, at Eland House in London, the headquarters of the department.

  • Article: Mar 5, 2014

    MP for St Austell & Newquay, Stephen Gilbert, called on the Government in the House of Commons yesterday to intervene in the Private Rented Sector, describing the situation as a "national housing crisis".

    The Private Rented Sector has increased dramatically over the last 30 years. According to the housing charity Shelter, in 1990 less than 1 in 10 properties were let but now there are 8.5 million people privately renting in Britain, 368,000 of those are in the South West.

  • Dawlish Weather
    Article: Mar 4, 2014

    The Liberal Democrat MP for mid-Cornwall, Stephen Gilbert, has welcomed the announcement that the stretch of damaged railway at Dawlish is now scheduled to reopen on 4th April.

    The revised date, which is two weeks earlier than the previous expected completion date for the works to restore the storm damaged railway at Dawlish, means that the railway will be comfortably reopened in advance of the important Easter holidays in mid-April.

  • Article: Mar 4, 2014

    MP for St Austell & Newquay, Stephen Gilbert, has backed Melanoma UK's campaign to make a new treatment available to those suffering from the skin cancer.

    The National Institute for Clinical Excellence (NICE) recently rejected rolling out the new drug, named ipilimumab, for those diagnosed with advanced melanoma - the most aggressive form of skin cancer.

  • Lib Dem MPs welcome record numbers of apprentices in Cornwall
    Article: Mar 4, 2014

    Stephen Gilbert MP is calling for more local businesses to take on an apprentice, after new research revealed the extent of the benefits involved.

    Every time a local company hires an apprentice, their bottom line gets an average boost of £2,013. This happens immediately, while the apprentice is being trained, and represents the benefit after typical wage and training costs for the South West are deducted.

  • Article: Mar 3, 2014

    MP for St Austell & Newquay, Stephen Gilbert, has welcomed news that the Government has targeted an additional £2 million at the tourism industry to help promote popular holiday destinations, like Cornwall, damaged by recent bad weather.

    This follows concerns that with severe damage to businesses and transport links - including the catastrophic damage to the Great Western Line at Dawlish - places like Cornwall would appear "closed for business". In the run up to the Easter and Summer Holidays, this could cost the industry dearly.

  • Stephen and Ruby Morris Apprentice
    Article: Mar 3, 2014

    MP for St Austell & Newquay, Stephen Gilbert, has taken on a local young person as an apprentice in support of Cornwall's campaign to secure 300 apprenticeships in 100 days. The campaign is backed by MPs, Cornwall Council and the Local Enterprise Partnership.

    After a highly competitive process, Ruby Morris was selected to become an apprentice in Stephen's constituency office located in St Austell. The paid position will allow Ruby to develop skills in politics, casework, administration and knowledge of Parliamentary procedures.

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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