union for life

South East Cornwall

South East Cornwall

Major employers

Devonport

Questions

  1. What will you do to increase investment and skill levels in the strategic industries, infrastructure and public services on which the UK’s security and prosperity depend?
  2. Will you maintain defence expenditure at no less than the annual limits set out in the 2015 spending review, and at levels of at least 2% of GDP for the rest of the parliament?
  3. Will you lift the arbitrary and unsustainable cap on public sector pay and commission an independent review of pay in the civil service and wider public sector?

Candidates’ responses

Sheryll Murray (Conservative)

Response awaited

Gareth Derrick (Labour)

Response awaited

Phil Hutty (Lib Dem)

 What will you do to increase investment and skill levels in the strategic industries, infrastructure and public services on which the UK’s security and prosperity depend?

Having lived around our naval base most of my life  I know the important part it plays not only in providing the national security, but also jobs and skills for our community.  I recall a time when the dockyard was by far the biggest employer and provided jobs and innovation to the many subsidiary company’s dotted around Plymouth and Cornwall. Now I know things always change, but I recall what was done as the ships were prepared for the Falklands and wonder if we could match that now. I fear we may soon lose these skills and want to see a local economy were such industries are not loss to elsewhere. So of course as your local MP it would be very much part of my role to ensure investment locally grows not shrinks. Cornwall always seems to be the forgotten corner when it come to investment I feel that is not acceptable. I think it is time we are heard and I am very good at making a noise for my community.

Do you support maintaining defence expenditure at no less than the annual limits set out in the 2015 spending review, and at levels of at least 2% of GDP

Yes!

 Would you support an independent pay review for public sector staff affected by the 1% pay cap?

I have to admit that as someone who works in the public sector (I currently work as a locum Social work Manager) the 1% pay cap is something I would fight to have dropped, and it disappoints me that those of us who choice to be in the public sector are the very first to be punished when money is tight and the last when others start getting better rewards. After all if independent pay reviews is good enough for MP’s why isn’t it good enough for Public sector workers ? so yes I would support an independent review.