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Penwith is being targeted by Tory 'love bombing' claims MP Andrew George

By The Cornishman  |  Posted: August 14, 2014

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PENWITH is being "lovebombed" by a succession of Government ministers on a Conservative charm offensive, according to the local MP.

Six ministers have visited the Penwith area this summer, with four promising major financial investment for the area.

Government spending announcements have included storm damage repairs, regeneration projects and investment in the transport infrastructure.

But while the investment is welcome, suspicions have been raised that the sudden interest in west Cornwall is linked to next year's General Election.

Andrew George has been the MP for the St Ives constituency since 1997. At the last election in 2010, his majority was cut from 11,609 to 1,719 over Conservative candidate Derek Thomas.

The Liberal Democrat, who has been labelled the most rebellious MP in Government, said: "I am feeling lovebombed. I've had three ministers visit my constituency in two days, which is nice. It's very nice of them to love my constituency so much."

He went on: "I did vote against the Government more often than I should. I recognise they feel the need to put a lot of effort into a seat like this. They can put as much in as they want, it won't make any difference."

Mr Thomas is again standing for the St Ives and west Cornwall seat for the Conservative Party at the next election.

He said: "It is no secret that the Conservatives need to win here in the St Ives constituency and under the last Labour Government we were largely ignored down here.

"I welcome whoever chooses to visit us because it enables me to put West Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly on the map and get things done."

Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin was the latest ministerial visitor to the area, due to visit Penzance and the Isles of Scilly yesterday to outline multi-million pound proposals to upgrade roads on the Isles of Scilly, upgrade the harbour and confirm cash had been released to repair Mousehole, Newlyn and Penzance harbours.

A day earlier, Coastal Communities Minister Penny Mordaunt visited Penzance to discuss repair works at Jubilee Pool and the Carbis Bay Hotel in St Ives to talk about their Coastal Communities Fund grant.

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  • Lafrowda  |  August 14 2014, 9:17AM

    As we are constantly exposed to "Cornishman" Lib.Dem. propaganda others will try to neutralise that. I shall vote UKIP to have a fresh start.

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