Colin Martin and Anna Gelderd
Colin Martin with newly-elected Anna Gelderd

Congratulations to Anna Gelderd on the historic achievement of becoming the new Labour MP for South East Cornwall.

Five years ago I told our Conservative MP that I would hold her to account for her promises to reduce deaths and injuries on the A38, deliver affordable housing and sign a Brexit deal which would benefit Cornwall.

She has failed on all fronts, and the voters have rightly rejected her.

Anna promised change, and now South East Cornwall has lent their votes to her.

We now have an MP who is thoughtful, polite and kind.

But what we really need is an MP who will be our voice in Westminster, not their party’s voice in Cornwall.

Anna has promised to get our fair share from a Labour Government.

She has promised to reduce the Tamar Tolls for locals, and then to remove them altogether.

She has promised to control second homes

She says she knows all the right doors to knock on in Westminster, and she promised she’d ask the Transport Secretary for a meeting to discuss the Tamar Tolls and the A38 on DAY ONE.

She has promised to work collaboratively across party lines, so I look forward to an invitation to that meeting!

Keir Starmer now has the power to do whatever he wants.

Will he introduce Proportional Representation, which would end the need for tactical voting and prevent the Conservatives from ever getting a majority again.

Or will he prioritise preserving his own power?

Will Labour change the underfunding of Cornwall, or will it just be the same austerity with a different face?

If Anna stands up for us, I’ll support her every step of the way. But if she lets us down, I’ll be on her case, holding her to account on behalf of our community.

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