West Cornwall MP Derek Thomas has welcomed the launch of a campaign seeking greater support for the South West economy from the Government.
MPs from all parties together with business, Local Enterprise Partnerships, universities and other stakeholders have come together to launch the Great South West Proposition which has three key ‘asks’ for the Government.
The proposition calls for:
- Recognition of the Great South West in the Autumn Budget and a commitment to working in partnership
- A Ministerial ‘champion’ for the South West – similar to the Northern Powerhouse Minister
- Match funding to complement private and public sector investment in the South West.
“I am delighted that we are making long overdue progress to ensuring that the South West – and Cornwall in particular – gets the support and investment that it deserves,” said Mr Thomas.
“The whole region has historically been neglected by successive governments which is something the South West MPs first sought to address in 2015 when the South West Powerhouse was formed, resulting in the development of the South West Charter.
“The next step was the formation of Great South West, which has now resulted in the launch of the Great South West Proposition which seeks Government support for the investment and policies which will boost productivity here in the South West.
“Successfully meeting the Proposition’s three key priorities – boosting rural productivity, increasing investment in our marine and offshore renewable industries and in improving the infrastructure of our road, rail and air network – will have a massive positive impact on businesses and the community here in West Cornwall and I, together with the other South West MPs, will work to keep the pressure on to ensure that the region does not get left behind the rest of the country.”