Thanks to Caroline Voaden, our recently elected MEP for the South West, for visiting Newlyn with Andrew George to speak to people working in the fishing industry. It was great to see her here and know that Caroline and the other LibDem MEPs are supporting our area in the EU Parliament.
Jo Swinson is the new leader of the Liberal Democrats, beating Ed Davey in the contest to succeed Vince Cable.
In her first speech after the result was declared, Jo said "There is no limit to my ambition for our party and for our movement.
The Liberal Democrat leadership election is open - voting continues for three weeks from today. We want members to have the opportunity to meet the candidates locally, so our Parliamentary campaigner Andrew George has invited Jo Swinson and Ed Davey to West Cornwall.
The Euro results weren’t just a bloody nose for the Conservative Government. It was a also a thumbs-down for Brexit.
Bad news for Brexit
Underlying the predictable media hype for the Brexit Party lurks an inconvenient fact…
…that support for Brexit has fallen.
The BBC/Press Association produced this chart, correctly not allocating votes for Labour or the Conservatives to either side, as both Parties are internally conflicted. We clearly saw voters who loyally voted for their Parties who held opposing views on Brexit.
The 3 pro-Brexit Parties – Conservatives, Labour and UKIP – got their comeuppance from voters in last week’s local elections. Anti-Brexit Liberal Democrats did remarkably well, even in Leave voting areas. And anti-Brexit bed-fellows the Green Party also did very well.
PM Theresa May concluded that voters were telling her to “just get on with Leaving the EU”. Shows she wasn’t listening. If anything, voters were demanding the opposite.
The Government has spent 3 years promoting new division – within communities and families – between warring pro and anti-Brexit factions. But why?
As the Tories flounder in their search for a solution to the Brexit deadlock, people are left wondering what is exactly is going on and how we're going to get to the other side of the mess. Meanwhile, the clock ticks on toward 'Brexit Day'.
Local Liberal Democrats hope to shed some light on what is happening - and what might happen next - in a panel discussion to be held in Penzance this week. The meeting, which is open to all, will take place at St John's Hall on Friday 1st February, starting at 7:30pm.
Introducing a new monthly get together in the time-honoured Lib Dem format of Pints and Politics in a pub, starting Tuesday 29th January at the Admiral Benbow, Penzance.
Lib Dem members and supporters are warmly invited to come along and share their diverse knowledge and discuss issues of local, national and international concern.
Paddy was a remarkably energetic, enthusiastic and courageous natural leader. He set high standards for others to follow. Just at the time our country needs a leader with the clarity, political principles and courage of someone like Paddy . . .
We must carry his torch with us. I can hear him urging us on.
Big thanks to Vince Cable for his recent visit to West Cornwall. We enjoyed a return visit to Goonhilly. He backed my efforts to help Goonhilly when the Tory side of the Coalition wanted to frustrate that support. Proud of progress there and at growing local success story Frugi in Helston which we also visited.
Vince was very impressed with the students we met at Penwith College, and enjoyed their their understanding and challenging questions.
We also appreciated another very well attended and successful public meeting with an excellent panel at Helston Community College.