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14.9.11

Labour discovered to their surprise...


Jim Cunningham (Coventry South, Labour): I know a lot more about Cornwall. Some years ago, I sat on the Trade and Industry Committee. We discovered to our surprise that one of the poorest areas in the country was Cornwall. Like the highlands and islands, Cornwall relies on the tourist trade, as everybody knows; a lot of its jobs depend on the tourist trade and a lot of them depend on public transport. That has an impact on public transport and bus fares. That is bound to affect the poorest areas in Britain, whether we are talking about the islands, the south or the south-west.

Why was it such a surprise? Perhaps because the Labour vote in Kernow is so low, it's not one of their heartlands, they ignore us. 

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