Wednesday, 31 July 2019

Column 31 July 2019 - Our new Prime Minister

Parliament has now risen for the Summer Recess. I am looking forward to spending time in Mid-Cornwall out and about visiting as many people as possible in order to continue to understand the local and national issues that are important to you as well over August.

Last week was an interesting and important one in Parliament and for the whole country.

On Tuesday we saw the outcome of the Conservative Party leadership contest, with Boris Johnson elected and subsequently becoming Prime Minister the next day.   It was good to see a high turnout from voters as well as Boris getting a clear majority – winning by 2 to 1.

Boris now has a clear mandate from the Party following this contest and it is now time for the Conservative Party, both in Parliament and across the UK to unite behind the leader we have chosen and deliver for our country.

In Parliament on Thursday we saw, in his first statement to the House of Commons, the fresh direction and positive leadership he has brought.

Of course the big issue of the day continues to be Brexit, and Boris has committed to getting Brexit done by 31st October, with a great new deal for Britain. But he has also been clear that Britain needs to be prepared for a no deal, as the best way to get a great new deal.

It’s not just about Brexit though, and there are a number of other policies Boris has that I share his enthusiasm for.

First is the hiring of 20,000 new police officers and giving them the powers to keep our streets safe.
Properly funding our schools so that every child gets more guaranteed minimum funding, regardless of where they live.

Making sure people start seeing the £20 billion in new NHS funding, cutting down GP waiting times, and continuing investing in local hospitals.

All of this underpinned by delivering a strong economy to fund the public services we all rely on.
I was particularly pleased to see he has confirmed support for rural areas among all of this, to ensure places like Cornwall have their traditional funding inequalities addressed.

I look forward to working with our new Prime Minister to continue to ensure the voice of Mid-Cornwall is heard loud and clear in Westminster.

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