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Truro & Falmouth

Truro & Falmouth is located in Cornwall in the south west of England. It was created in 2010 after a boundary review.

The current member of parliament is the Conservative party’s Sarah Newton, who has served since 2010.

2010 General Election Results (Adjusted for non-voters)
Truro & Falmouth

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Candidates

Simon Rix

Background
I live in Cornwall with my wife and our two young children and I used to work for the NHS in Truro. I left that job on principle because I didn’t agree with plans to pay nurses and other workers in the NHS in Cornwall less than those elsewhere. I am totally against privatisation of the NHS and in fact I want to remove the internal market in the NHS because the transaction costs that entails means less money to save lives. I’m now the chairman of Cornwall’s health and adult care advisory committee, where I am working to bring the different parts of the NHS and social services in Cornwall together to work more effectively for people here. Most of my close family are Cornish and I am passionate about this wonderful place. That’s why – just like the previous Truro Liberal MPs, David Penhaligon and Matthew Taylor – I will always put local people first.
1. What do you plan to do in order to make sure you remain ‘in touch’ with the electorate?
I will always have an open door. Liberal and Liberal Democrat MPs are renowned for the huge effort they put into staying in touch with and helping their electorate and I will be no different. In fact I already hold local weekly advice surgeries that anyone can attend without an appointment needed.
2. What makes you the best candidate for this constituency?
I will always put local people first.

For example, I’ve been working hard to get a fair deal for school pupils in Cornwall. They’ve been underfunded compared to the national average for decades. This is just not on. We’ve won some reduction in this underfunding but it’s still there, and so I will keep fighting to get a fair deal for local children.

I need just 435 more votes to win. That’s incredibly close. Labour and all the rest are all more than 15,000 votes behind here. They have never won from so far back, in any election, ever. So voting for them would be worse than wasted, it would let the Tory win.

The Conservatives are losing votes locally and my party is on the up here. It will be close but with your vote, together we can stop the Tories.

3. What has the current Member achieved that you believe has been successful?
After pressure from the Lib Dems, she agreed to support our proposals to reduce taxes for low and middle earners, despite David Cameron opposing the idea in 2010. Unfortunately Lib Dem MPs have had to block many harmful Tory proposals, including:

unlimited private sector takeovers of our NHS services
allowing state schools to be run for profit
more tax breaks for millionaires
scrapping housing benefit for all under 25 year olds

4. In your opinion, is austerity working? What should we take from the state of the economy during this Government’s tenure?
I don’t believe that austerity is the way to balance the books, because we need to sort out our debts fairly. The problem with a Tories’ plan is they want to balance the books by cuts alone. I want to make sure the rich pay their fair share by raising taxes for them. So, whilst living standards are now rising, we can’t risk a lurch to the right that a Tory victory, or a Tory/UKIP/DUP coalition, would bring. And in this constituency, the only way to prevent that is to vote for me.
5. Does (legal) immigration need more limitations or is it vital for the UK?
I think the most important thing is to enforce the rules we have and to make sure resources are allocated to areas based on their actual needs.
6. Many people are concerned about the cost of living in the UK, with wages having failed to rise in line with the price of food, energy and rent in recent years. How can this be corrected?
We need to resist any plans for lower regional pay in Cornwall and we must work massively increase the number of high skill, high pay jobs here. A sound economic policy is also required to keep inflation low. So we need both a heart and a head – that’s what the Lib Dems bring.
7. How would you like to see the NHS change in the future in order to become more successful?
Treliske hospital in Truro has some deep financial problems. Its historic £19m debt is simply a drain on care. I am determined to get this debt cancelled – and to stop and reverse the privatisation of our precious NHS. I would also scrap the internal market in the NHS, free up nurses from all their unnecessary bureaucratic paperwork and merge the plethora of NHS organisations to make them more efficient and to provide more joined up care.
8. What measures do you think need to be taken to decrease unemployment, particularly youth unemployment and those who have never been employed?
Increasing apprenticeships are vital and I’m delighted that Lib Dems have successfully doubled the number of people on an apprenticeship to 2 million.
9. Does the lack of diversity in Parliament equate to a lack of representation?
Yes I believe it does.
10 . If an EU Referendum were to take place, how would you encourage your constituents to vote and why?
Cornwall and the whole of the UK benefits massively from our membership of the EU. Of course it needs reform and more democracy, but to leave would be utter folly and would cost us jobs and influence. Also, we’d still have to abide by EU rules if we wanted to trade with it, but we would have no say in what those rules are. So yes I would urge my constituents to vote to stay in.

Rik Evans

Background
My main experiences have been business and the NHS. I have started and run four successful businesses in Cornwall from the age of 21. I have spent 30 years as a non-executive on health boards in Cornwall. In May last year I resigned as vice chairman and non-executive of the Royal Cornwall Hospitals Trust over the board decision to privatise catering and cleaning services. This was a job I loved. The standard of cleaning in the trust has since been heavily criticised. My principled stance has been vindicated.
The National Health Action Party is the only party in the UK who has health as it’s main focus and I am very proud to be the party’s candidate for the constituency in which I have lived and worked for 45 years.
1. What do you plan to do in order to make sure you remain ‘in touch’ with the electorate?
Our policy is to support MP recall and not undertake a whipping system. I will hold regular meetings on issues which affect the constituents and take into account their views and sentiments. I will support the strengthening of lobbying rules so that more equitable contact can be assured with my constituents.
2. What makes you the best candidate for this constituency?
I have lived and worked in the constituency for over 40 years. I have been deeply involved in community and business affairs. I have been a non-executive board member of health organisations in Cornwall for about 30 years. My knowledge of Cornwall’s health community is second to none. I have shown my independence by resigning over a matter of principle from the best job I ever had.
3. What has the current Member achieved that you believe has been successful?
Nothing for the constituency but by voting for the health & Social Care Act she has been successful for her party. She also voted for austerity, benefit cuts and bedroom tax. All successfully for her party but unsuccessful for her constituents.
4. In your opinion, is austerity working? What should we take from the state of the economy during this Government’s tenure?
Austerity is not working for those on middle and lower incomes. It is working well for the wealthy backers of the Tory party. The Governments targets for deficit reduction are failing because too many people are now on zero hours contracts or low income self employment therefore their estimates of tax receipts are way off course. Keynes showed that a government needs to invest to grow the economy not shrink the spending power of the lower paid.
5. Does (legal) immigration need more limitations or is it vital for the UK?
Immigrants, who are mostly young and working are paying taxes into our economy. Many are doing really valuable jobs like health workers. We would be in a sorry state without them. They put more financially into our economy than they take out. Successive governments have not invested the income from those tax receipts into improving the infrastructure and housing, which allows resentment to build, wrongly, against immigrants. Many Cornish families became economic migrants and were grateful. We must extend the same welcome to others.
6. Many people are concerned about the cost of living in the UK, with wages having failed to rise in line with the price of food, energy and rent in recent years. How can this be corrected?
Wage rises are being held back by the restrictive practices of large employers. A huge proportion of benefit payments are to families who are in work but under paid. This simply subsidises the low paying employer. Equally the taxpayer is subsidising land lords who over charge on rents. Paying housing benefits only helps the bank accounts of the private landlord. Many people are paying 40% of their income on rent this restricts the amount they can spend on goods and services, which would help with growth in the economy. We need a fair system of rent controls in the UK. The energy industry should never have been privatised; it needs to be returned to public ownership.
7. How would you like to see the NHS change in the future in order to become more successful?
We need to stop the privatisation of the NHS, which is proving a disaster. The internal market in health is costing the country £10 bn per year. Cameron lied before the 2010 election when he said there would be no top down reorganisation of the NHS. As soon as he took power they implemented the biggest reorganisation of the NHS since 1948. The Health & Social Care Bill has been a disaster and should be scrapped. Integration of health and social care should be enacted without delay.
8. What measures do you think need to be taken to decrease unemployment, particularly youth unemployment and those who have never been employed?
Investment in Britain’s crumbling infrastruture would contribute to solving unemployment. Ensuring that on job training takes precedence over attendance on academic courses at colleges and university, which too often lead to either unemployment or low pay. Encouraging research and development projects which can quickly generate jobs and income. Welcome entrepreneurs, either home grown or immigrants who wish to expand in the UK.
9. Does the lack of diversity in Parliament equate to a lack of representation?
For a healthy flourishing democracy all the people should feel they are adequately represented in parliament. The British parliament doesn’t adequately represent women or ethnic minorities. Too high a proportion of our MPs and civil servants are products of private education. This is not because they are better educated but that they make the right contacts from an early age. This is both unfair and it diminishes the quality of our law makers.
10 . If an EU Referendum were to take place, how would you encourage your constituents to vote and why?
I would encourage my constituents to vote to stay in the EU. Cornwall has benefitted hugely by our membership and it would be a much poorer place without it. Having said that the EU needs reform. It must become more democratic. The public feel alienated from the EU and most do not know who their MEP is. That is not a healthy democracy.

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