Stephen Gilbert MP slammed the Prime Minister today for having “no clue” about a critical issue affecting Cornish jobs and investment.
The Liberal Democrat MP for St Austell & Newquay questioned David Cameron during today’s PMQs about the delay to Cornwall’s EU funding, which has been held up after the Department for Communities & Local Government failed to sign the Operational Programme.
Questioning the Prime Minister in the House of Commons, Stephen Gilbert said:
“Eight months ago, the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government assured people in Cornwall that the delay over resolving the EU funding programme would be settled. Eight months later, hundreds of millions of pounds of investment and hundreds of jobs are at risk. Will the Prime Minister please sort out this pickle?”
In response, the PM said:
“The Government are delivering for the west country: we are sorting out the transport links and the local growth deals; putting money into road and rail connections; and helping with the vital airport and the routes back to London—and we will go on, because we want to close the income gap between the south-west and the rest of our country.”
Speaking after the PMQ session, Stephen Gilbert commented:
“The Prime Minister gave a great answer, but not to the question I asked. He literally had no clue about this problem which is threatening hundreds of Cornish jobs and risking investment.
“As a Cornish MP, my top priority has been to bring jobs and investment to our communities. It makes me absolutely sick that the incompetence of the Secretary of State for Communities & Local Government is risking this critical funding and putting local jobs at risk.
“The answer from the Prime Minister is unacceptable. I have written to him to demand a full answer and his urgent action to resolve this issue.”