Wednesday, 13 September 2017

Newspaper column 13 September 2017 - My election to the Transport Select Committee

It has certainly been a busy first week back at Parliament after the Summer Recess.

I spoke in the Chamber of the House of Commons every day, on subjects from the Shared Prosperity Fund that will replace the EU structural funding after Brexit, to the all-important European Union (Withdrawal) Bill, asking questions of the Government on your behalf.

Away from the Chamber, I was delighted to be elected by my colleagues to one of the four Conservative positions from nine candidates on to the Select Committee for Transport.

The Transport Committee operates in the House of Commons to scrutinise the work of the Department for Transport. Its formal remit is to examine the expenditure, administration and policy of the Department of Transport and its associated public bodies.

The Committee is made up of eleven Members of Parliament, appointed by the House of Commons and drawn from the three largest political parties.

Despite what some would have you believe, Cornwall is currently in the midst of the biggest transport infrastructure investment ever – new roads, new trains and improvements to the railways, new buses and support and opportunities for our airport.

For our railways, we are seeing investment in the signalling system which will create more capacity on the mainline to London as well as cutting about 15 minutes of the travel time, as well as a £400m investment from Hitachi with new intercity bullet trains with much better onboard facilities.

Air travel-wise I will continue to champion Cornwall Airport Newquay as the best location for the first UK Spaceport. This is an amazing opportunity for the investment and better paid jobs we need in mid-Cornwall. It is clear with our prime location, Aerohub Enterprise Zone, proximity to Goonhilly Earth Station and existing infrastructure that Newquay is the frontrunner.

And for our roads, in July we saw the completion of the dualling of the Temple stretch of the A30, which saw Highways England and the Department for Transport, along with Cornwall Council, invest £59 million into improving this vital stretch of the road. I will be working with all of these stakeholders to get on with dualling the next stretch, as well as the crucial link road from the A30 to St Austell and the surrounding area and Phase 2 of the Newquay Strategic Route.

As a member of the Transport Select Committee, I will be a strong voice for Cornwall and the South West. I will speak up for Cornwall and our transport infrastructure, to ensure we continue to get the investment we need in our road, rail and air networks.

My team and I are here to serve the whole constituency and work hard to make a real difference to the lives of everyone needing support. The office is open to the public Monday – Friday 10.00am – 4.00pm (no appointment necessary). If there is an issue you would like my assistance on then please, either visit the office or contact me on either 01726 829379 or Additionally, I hold regular, appointment only, advice surgeries across the constituency. Dates of these can be found at: