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Election round up: Party leaders visit Cornwall

Election round up: Party leaders visit Cornwall

Published by Sarah Yeoman at 7:00am 1st December 2019.

It was the week that three major political party leaders descended on Cornwall - in just two days.

The Lib Dems, Tories and Labour have all visited the Duchy during the general election campaign trail.

With just a few weeks to go until the country goes to the polls, Jo Swinson, Boris Johnson and Jeremy Corbyn have all made pledges as to how their parties would help Cornwall.

Promises include things such as fairer funding, investment in infrastructure and also plans to tackle global warming.

So what exactly happened this week - and what did the party leaders say?

Jo Swinson Lib Dems

The Liberal Democrats - Jo Swinson

The week of political party visits kicked off on Tuesday morning at Wheal Kitty in St Agnes.

Lib Dem leader paid a visit to surf brand Finisterre, which is known for its work around sustainability and reusable plastics.

Jo Swinson was shown around the workshop where she was shown how everything works as she launched plans to try and end 'the UK's addiction to plastic'

The policies include: Requiring all retailers to reduce the amount of plastics and non-recyclable packaging they use, implementing a deposit return scheme and ending plastic exports abroad by 2030.

She also told Pirate FM that Cornwall would benefit from things such as additional mental health funding, the re-balancing fund and also more money for schools and teachers.

Boris Johnson at Healeys

The Conservatives - Boris Johnson

On Wednesday, the Prime Minister went on a tour around various locations across Cornwall.

Boris Johnson started the day at the West Cornwall Hospital in Penzance, where he was questioned by nurses over his pledge to bolster recruitment.

He then stopped off at Goonhilly Earth Station on the Lizard before delivering a speech at Healey's Cyder Farm near Truro.

Speaking about the south west, the Tory leader promised investment into technology and infrastructure.

This included pledges about the A30 in Cornwall, the Dawlish railway line which is often battered by storms and also Spaceport Cornwall which is being built in Newquay.

Boris also enjoyed a cream tea during his visit - and luckily got his jam and cream the right way round.

The Labour Party - Jeremy Corbyn

Later that evening the Labour leader took to the stage in Falmouth during a Green Industrial Revolution Rally.

He was met with chants of 'oh Jeremy Corbyn' as he delivered a speech about the environment and climate change.

His party has pledged to create 10 new national parks to tackle global warming, if it wins the election. They are also promising to plant two billion trees by 2040.

Unsurprisingly, the NHS came up after Jeremy Corbyn accused the Tories of planning to 'sell off' the health service.

He went on to make promises to 'invest in housing, jobs, health, education and protect our planet' and free education.

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