Select Committee appointments for Cornish MPs

Two Cornish MPs have been elected to important parliamentary committees.

Steve Double, Member of Parliament for St Austell and Newquay has been elected to the influential Transport Select Committee in Parliament.

Meanwhile South East Cornwall MP Sheryll Murray will now sit on the DEFRA committee after returning to the back benches after a stint as a PPS.

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The Transport Committee is charged by the House of Commons with scrutiny of the Department for Transport. Its formal remit is to examine the expenditure, administration and policy of the Department of Transport and its associated public bodies.

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Snozzle & NQY MP Steve Double

Commenting, Steve said:

“It is an honour to have been elected by my colleagues to sit on the Transport Select Committee and I am very grateful for their support.”

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“I will be using my position to be a strong voice for Cornwall and the South West on the committee. I look forward to speaking up for Cornwall and our transport infrastructure, to ensure we continue to get the investment we need in our road, rail and air network and ensuring we get a fair share of the funding allocated by Government for all things transport-related.”

Sheryll Murray has been elected to the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Select Committee whose job it is to scrutinise the DEFRA department in Parliament.

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Sheryll Murray

An election is held amongst MPs to see who represents them on these important Committees. Eight Conservative MPs put their names forward for the three Conservative places on this Committee. Sheryll was elected alongside Dr Caroline Johnson MP from Sleaford & North Hykeham and Julian Sturdy MP from York.

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Sheryll was, prior to the General Election, the Parliamentary Private Secretary to the Defra Secretary of State. Sheryll is the current co-chairman for the Fisheries All Party Group and has worked with the fishing industry for a number of years.

In a statement Sheryll said, “I know how important this department is to my constituency. I wanted to return to the backbenches so I could be a strong voice for our farmers, producers and fishermen and believe I will bring valuable insight and experience. I also want to ensure environmental issues such as flooding and waste in our seas are being properly investigated. I look forward to working with colleagues on this important cross party committee.”

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CornishStuff.com TV : Our Shezza has used today’s PMQs to complain about the ‘intimidation and abuse’ she received during the election campaign

CornishStuff.com TV : Our Shezza has used today’s PMQs to complain about the ‘intimidation and abuse’ she received during the election campaigninc posters defaced with swastikas, doorstep urination and unpleasant social media posts .. watch this, blatantly ripped from BBC Parliament

Gloves are off as Tories Fight Back! MPs React Defiantly to Critics

Cornwall’s under fire Tory MPs took their gloves off and hit back yesterday over recent criticism of their behaviour and opinions that have sparked anger in their communities and led to fierce criticism in the press and on social media.

Derek Thomas has retaliated to a Cornishman editorial that criticised his absence at the Devonwall debate – held in the morning of Fri 18th Nov, the same day as when Sheryll Murray caused outrage by filibustering a disability bill AND voting in favour of Devonwall.

Disability Rights campaigners who were so outraged by her behaviour that they staged a spontaneous demo outside her office last Tuesday.

So yesterday Sheryll met with the minister concerned to tell everyone by delaying the bill she had actually done everyone a favour. Sheryll’s press statement was entitled

“Meeting to ensure disabled people do not face discrimination”

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Sheryll gets pally with the Minister at yesterday’s meeting. Far left, Pulsgrove the fellow filibusterer. Andrew Gwynne tries to spot the candid camera

It continued: “Local MP Sheryll Murray has met with Minister Andrew Jones MP following hearing of the plight of some disabled people who found it difficult getting taxis and Private Hire Vehicle’s”

“Three MPs spoke in a debate on Friday 18th November on this topic during a debate when Labour MP Andrew Gwynne brought forward a Private Members Bill. With less than an hour scheduled there was not enough time to debate the bill and Sheryll, Tom Pursglove and the Bills proposer Andrew Gwynne met the Minister to ensure that action was taken on this important issue”.

Sheryll welcomed the measures by saying, “I am pleased that the Minister has a plan to get the well meaning principles behind Andrew Gwynne’s bill into legislation. I will be monitoring what the Minister does following the consultation and am determined to take action if it falls short on results. I have championed a similar issue before in 2012 when issues were raised by a constituent regarding a hearing dog. Having worked in the NHS for over 20 years I know how important and hard working these fantastic dogs are”

She finished the statement by saying:

“Discrimination against the disabled is illegal and I will not tolerate it wherever it does.”

Derek Thomas & Devonwall

Derek Thomas has also lashed back at critics who accused him of hypocrisy and dereliction of duty when he chose to stay away from the Commons on what’s now becoming an infamous Friday in Cornish political circles!

The St Ives MP chose to react to a strong editorial in the latest edition of The Cornishman that slams the Cornish MPs for their performances over Devonwall:

The official voice of the paper said “It beggars belief that of the six MPs…only Steve Double, Sheryl Murray and Sarah Newton bothered to attend when the thorny issue of a cross-Tamar constituency was up for debate

Our Conservative MPs promised in the wake of their stunning election victory in 2015 that they would provide an even stronger voice for Cornwall in Parliament for the things that mattered to Cornwall. Devonwall matters and, with the exception of Steve Double their collective failure to represent the interests of Cornwall it’s history and it’s unique challenges must not be ignored

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Mr Thomas has hit back strongly at the editorial. In a statement yesterday he said:

“The bill and debate in Parliament that Friday .. is referring to a Private Members Bill that makes no reference to Cornwall. The bill opposes the Government plan to cut the number of MPs from 650 to 600 and to reshape constituencies to make them all of a similar population size”

However as highlighted by Andrew George in the days before the debate, it was a golden opportunity to make the case for Cornwall. Mr George challenged all of Cornwall’s MPs to prove that they oppose a cross border constituency  – as they profess to –  and attend the Commons. In the end only Steve Double stood up to be counted.

Derek’ defence went on

“The judgment I have made is that on Fridays my job is to be out and about in the constituency identifying the issues that matter most to the majority of my constituents and raise those issues with Government Ministers. On the Friday in question (18th November) my constituency commitments were as follows ….. (he lists 7 apps from 10am to 8pm)…

He then goes on to say :

“The greatest privilege of this job is listening to people’s concerns and difficulties and working hard to find a solution. I hear the concern people have about perceived threats to Cornish identity, and Scott Mann MP and I have worked together to identify some areas where the Cornish identity can be strengthened and celebrated and are proposing these to the Ministers concerned.

Please accept my apologies for choosing to work in West Cornwall on Fridays and Saturdays”

Strong stuff.

Scott Mann, the MP who represents North Cornwall, remains silent on the issue despite several requests from CornishStuff (and more importantly, his constituents) for a statement on Devonwall.

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‘Shameful Sheryll’ Poll: Tory Vote responds – Blue Team now in the lead!

Should Sheryll Murray Resign? Vote in our Poll

We launched our “Should Sheryll Murray Resign?” poll last night and it’s sparked a battle of the activists!

As we went up the hill to Bedfordshire the results showed an overwhelming 80% of responses saying she should go now.

However, Sheryll supporters have picked up one of the 100+ shares (thx) and now as the sun comes up the vote has swung to slightly in favour of of the blue team.

Is this all just a storm in a tea cup or should Sheryll go now?

What do you think? Cast your vote now! (And no funny business like with the cat)

 

'Shameful Sheryll' Poll: Tory Vote responds – Blue Team now in the lead!

Should Sheryll Murray Resign? Vote in our Poll

We launched our “Should Sheryll Murray Resign?” poll last night and it’s sparked a battle of the activists!

As we went up the hill to Bedfordshire the results showed an overwhelming 80% of responses saying she should go now.

However, Sheryll supporters have picked up one of the 100+ shares (thx) and now as the sun comes up the vote has swung to slightly in favour of of the blue team.

Is this all just a storm in a tea cup or should Sheryll go now?

What do you think? Cast your vote now! (And no funny business like with the cat)

 

#BlockedBySheryll : She denied MPs the right to speak in the Commons, now she’s shutting us all up online too! 

 

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Well, if you are not #BlockedBySheryll by now, you’ll soon will be!

The hashtag, originally posted by frontbench Labour MP Andrew Gwynne to support Cornish people angry with their under fire MP Sheryll Murray, is trending a day before a community protest organised against the Cornish MP.

Responding to a huge amount of criticism she has received for her parliamentary performance last Friday, the MP for SE Cornwall has said in one curt message that she didn’t need to  justify herself and wouldn’t be saying anything only to hastily rushing out a statement only hours later, that in itself drew more criticism. (I would show you a copy but we’ve been, er #blockedbysheryll).

She’s been blocking everyone and anyone from Facebook and Twitter who dare try to criticise, deleting comments and doing her best to ignore the queue of people waiting for an explanation of  her bizarre behaviour..  She calls it “abuse”!

Constituents have flooded her pages with hundreds of messages condemning what they see as a dereliction of duty saying “we did not elect an MP to Parliament to subvert democracy”.

We understand she’s not very happy at the articles we wrote either. Oops, sorry about that.

So Murray and her senior Tory Party chums have swung into action today releasing a series of stories to local media in order to launch a massive counter offensive against a genuinely spontaneous community reaction to  her performance in the Commons that has been described as ‘outrageous’ and “cruel”. It even had fellow Tory MPs shouting “shameful” and “disgraceful” as she succeeded in stopping a simple bill in Parliament designed to help disabled people.

Tory central office has virtually hijacked SW media group @cornwalllive , Plymouth Herald, WMN (have they all forgotten they are no longer owned by the Daily Mail?)  today with stories so cleverly spun and twisted you have to admire them – but only when you’ve seen the other side of the story first. They definitely give you a different point of view to the one you might of read somewhere else on the web … we can’t think where.  If it wasn’t for those meddling kids.

The demo goes ahead as planned at Liskeard tomorrow despite Storm Angus.  Labour / Momentum and LibDem spokespeople are lined up to tell the people of Liskeard of their support however Sheryll herself has scarpered back to London,  after attending a Masonic dinner in Torpoint Saturday night, apparently too busy to listen to the concerns of her constituents, the people who pay her.

Still, there’s a doubt she really cares what they think anyway.

“The way Sheryll has handled this situation shows just how scared she is” said organiser Alfie Hillson “She can block us on social media but she can’t block out our voices”.

Campaigners have said that this would be the beginning of a big push to oust the Tory and urged people not to let the momentum slip after tomorrow’s demo.

Alfie stated: “The whole protest is a movement for anyone with other concerns about Sheryll from within her constituency and people from other areas out of her constituency to join us. She claims that she will only represent her constituents but it didn’t stop her talking on behalf of constituents that were not hers when it came to Devonwall. Come along my friend, you are most welcome.

 

 

(Sources say the easiest way to get #blockedbysheryll is to send her one of our articles)

If you can’t get to the demo tomz then leave a message of support at https://www.facebook.com/events/900899653378932/

#BlockedBySheryll : She denied MPs the right to speak in the Commons, now she's shutting us all up online too! 

 

Blocked

Well, if you are not #BlockedBySheryll by now, you’ll soon will be!

The hashtag, originally posted by frontbench Labour MP Andrew Gwynne to support Cornish people angry with their under fire MP Sheryll Murray, is trending a day before a community protest organised against the Cornish MP.

Responding to a huge amount of criticism she has received for her parliamentary performance last Friday, the MP for SE Cornwall has said in one curt message that she didn’t need to  justify herself and wouldn’t be saying anything only to hastily rushing out a statement only hours later, that in itself drew more criticism. (I would show you a copy but we’ve been, er #blockedbysheryll).

She’s been blocking everyone and anyone from Facebook and Twitter who dare try to criticise, deleting comments and doing her best to ignore the queue of people waiting for an explanation of  her bizarre behaviour..  She calls it “abuse”!

Constituents have flooded her pages with hundreds of messages condemning what they see as a dereliction of duty saying “we did not elect an MP to Parliament to subvert democracy”.

We understand she’s not very happy at the articles we wrote either. Oops, sorry about that.

So Murray and her senior Tory Party chums have swung into action today releasing a series of stories to local media in order to launch a massive counter offensive against a genuinely spontaneous community reaction to  her performance in the Commons that has been described as ‘outrageous’ and “cruel”. It even had fellow Tory MPs shouting “shameful” and “disgraceful” as she succeeded in stopping a simple bill in Parliament designed to help disabled people.

Tory central office has virtually hijacked SW media group @cornwalllive , Plymouth Herald, WMN (have they all forgotten they are no longer owned by the Daily Mail?)  today with stories so cleverly spun and twisted you have to admire them – but only when you’ve seen the other side of the story first. They definitely give you a different point of view to the one you might of read somewhere else on the web … we can’t think where.  If it wasn’t for those meddling kids.

The demo goes ahead as planned at Liskeard tomorrow despite Storm Angus.  Labour / Momentum and LibDem spokespeople are lined up to tell the people of Liskeard of their support however Sheryll herself has scarpered back to London,  after attending a Masonic dinner in Torpoint Saturday night, apparently too busy to listen to the concerns of her constituents, the people who pay her.

Still, there’s a doubt she really cares what they think anyway.

“The way Sheryll has handled this situation shows just how scared she is” said organiser Alfie Hillson “She can block us on social media but she can’t block out our voices”.

Campaigners have said that this would be the beginning of a big push to oust the Tory and urged people not to let the momentum slip after tomorrow’s demo.

Alfie stated: “The whole protest is a movement for anyone with other concerns about Sheryll from within her constituency and people from other areas out of her constituency to join us. She claims that she will only represent her constituents but it didn’t stop her talking on behalf of constituents that were not hers when it came to Devonwall. Come along my friend, you are most welcome.

 

 

(Sources say the easiest way to get #blockedbysheryll is to send her one of our articles)

If you can’t get to the demo tomz then leave a message of support at https://www.facebook.com/events/900899653378932/