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2:42pm 12th March 2014

The Deputy PM promises Cornish officials top level talks over the storms.

It's as St Ives' MP Andrew George calls for more help to deal with the aftermath in Penzance and on Scilly.

Mr George said: "The Government's response to the storm damage and its impact on the livelihoods of fishermen and for the restoration of the rail service following the severing of the link at Dawlish has been helpful and very much appreciated. But the severe damage at Penzance, the Isles of Scilly and the vulnerable lifeline transport link has gone under the radar and is not something which local authorities can resolve entirely on their own.

"That's why I'm calling on the Deputy Prime Minister to ensure that a delegation from my constituency will be able to meet the appropriate Ministers and officials to secure the support necessary to find a resilient long term solution.

"Although, of course, I have visited many other communities which have been affected by the storm damage (at Porthleven, Lamorna, Newlyn, Mullion, Coverack, Cadgwith and elsewhere) the scale of the problem faced in Penzance and the vulnerability of the transport link is something which requires a scale of response which can only be achieved with Government support."

Nick Clegg said that, after seeing the damage for himself, he will try and help find a way forward: "I visited his constituency to see for myself and hear for myself the damage done by the terrible floods and extreme weather of recent times. I will ensure that that meeting takes place."

2:42pm 12th March 2014

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