It was a busy first week back in the House of Commons for me with several meetings concerning Government business. I raised GP access in North Cornwall with the Health Secretary, informing him about the feedback constituents gave me during the summer, before a sit down with the Chancellor to discuss North Cornwall’s priorities for the upcoming budget. Later in the week, I held virtual meetings with constituents, the Bude Town Team, and with Levelling Up Minister concerning a revised devolution offer to Cornwall. We also discussed the recent consultation on the design of a registration scheme for short-term-lets in England, which the Government has committed to introduce through the Levelling-up and Regeneration Bill, and another on the introduction of a planning use class for short-term lets and associated permitted development rights. The Government is analysing the responses and has already engaged with Cornwall Council on this work and will continue to look for opportunities to work closely with Cornwall as any national measures are taken forward.
Back in the constituency, I was pleased to be able to take part in a 24-hour ‘Bowlathon’ at Camelford Bowls club - the event was held to raise money for Prostate Cancer UK. 1 in 8 men will get prostate cancer. If you’re over 50, or your dad or brother had it, you’re at even higher risk. Prostate cancer is not always life-threatening. But when it is, the earlier you catch it the more likely it is to be cured.
This week also marks the one-year anniversary of the passing of Her Late Majesty Queen Elizabeth. On the solemn anniversary of the passing of Her Late Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, my thoughts are with His Majesty King Charles III and the whole Royal Family. With the perspective of a year, the scale of Her Late Majesty’s service only seems greater. Her devotion to the nations of the United Kingdom and the Commonwealth only seems deeper. And our gratitude for such an extraordinary life of duty and dedication, only continues to grow. People across North Cornwall will be reflecting on what she meant to them and the example she set for us all. We will cherish those memories.