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National newspaper article 'ignored positives' in portrayal of Camborne area says George Eustice MP

By West Briton  |  Posted: January 18, 2014

  • George Eustice, MP for Camborne, Redruth and Hayle.

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THE MP for the Camborne, Pool and Redruth area (CPR) says he plans to taken action over a damning description in a national newspaper.

George Eustice, Conservative MP for Camborne, Redruth and Hayle, is to write to The Guardian about an article headlined "Hidden Cornwall: not beaches and ice-cream but poverty and violence", written by James Mumford, portraying an area riddled with alcohol and drug abuse and domestic violence.

He said he would also write to write to the Centre for Social Justice (CSJ), an independent think-tank, to outline the positive work emerging from the constituency, as he believed some figures quoted in the article were supplied by the CSJ.

Mr Eustice said the piece only focused on negative aspects, doing little to acknowledge those "working hard to make a difference".

He said: "The article says that the area has an absence of a voluntary sector. This is shocking. There is a vibrant charity and voluntary sector all working hard. I speak with them all the time.

"I was quoted in the article for one aspect, but it did not mention all of the positives I said about the area.

"It's really squandering the hard work of the many."

Local people have also defended their towns.

Mayor of Camborne Mike Champion said: "The article is pretty damning.

"The town council, BID (Business Improvement District) Camborne, chamber of commerce and many volunteer groups are working hard to improve our town. We all do this from different angles, focussing on different issues.

"The hard work of many is helping to push Camborne into a better future for all the residents. Much of this work goes on under the radar, but steadily we are making a difference. It's up to all of us to make this difference and I ask the people to put themselves forward to help make the change."

Mark Richardson, chief executive of the Cornwall Voluntary Sector Forum, said: "The issues raised in the article are very real, but I [deny] that there's an absence of voluntary organisations in the Camborne corridor. There are as many as 180 charities and groups based in and around Camborne, not to mention hundreds of others whose services are available to local people."

George Le Hunte, the chairman of BID Camborne, said: "If you look at any town in the UK you will find pockets of inequality, poverty and disenfranchisement.

"Camborne is no different in that respect, but to tar the whole area with that brush is as ridiculous as it is reductive.

"I've been an active resident of Camborne for many years and I have never felt so positive about it as I do now.

"The businesses in the town are working really hard to make a difference to the economy and people's lives.

"This doesn't happen overnight, obviously."

See Mr Eustice's column on page 44.

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  • Mr_Citizen  |  March 05 2014, 10:25AM

    So Mr Eustice MP wants to make a complaint about The Guardian printing facts about his constituency. Perhaps they should have focused on the more positive things like... oh, higher rates of unemployment in his constituency means he can put forward fantastically generous solutions like the unemployed can work for him without him paying them. Perhaps the paper could have discussed the fantastic efforts of the Bishop of Truro who is working with Labour MP Frank Field to bring a Parliamentary inquiry into food poverty and the increasing demand on food banks, which has more than tripled in the last year. Bishop Thronton said "I am deeply concerned at the growth in the need for foodbanks amongst those without work or on low incomes,". Some food banks are now providing meals in 'kettle boxes' as people can't afford the gas/electric to cook their meals. On the 18th Dec 2013 there was a petition brought forward to debate this issue but, unfortunately, Mr Eustice MP decided to vote against the debate which effects many, many families within his constituency (Hansard, 2013). In fact many members of his party left at the debate and of those that stayed many were seen to be laughing. So perhaps when Mr Eustice complains to the Centre for Social Justice he can inform them of all the people who feel the great social justices that they have when they can rely on food banks to eat and can't even afford to cook their food or heat their house. With a greater wealth gap in the UK than in the poorest parts of Africa we can all get behind Mr Eustice MP when he complains to the Centre for Social Justice.

  • cornwall999  |  January 19 2014, 1:11AM

    Domestic violence is on the increase and happening all over the country , however, it would be wrong to suggest that Camborne and Redruth is somehow different, when in fact you only have to look at the statistics and recently read an article on domestic violence which covered many different aspects of these appalling crimes . Yes there is inequality and poverty everywhere , however ,this does not excuse any one from physically attacking another human being. I see the depth of deprivation in the charity I`m involved in and the hopelessness that parents children face on a daily basis and not always their fault! As for this "government directing the traffic" they have no idea what it is to be poor living in their ivory towers with rose tinted glasses!! Shirley Sweeney

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  • DipStick  |  January 18 2014, 5:56PM

    For those who hit me with the red arrows, see here ... http://tinyurl.com/p6ngvr4 ... for circulation figures. As reported by the Guardian ..... ! See what a waste of space it is? DS

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  • break  |  January 18 2014, 5:01PM

    I agree with The Guardian,the C.R.A.P area is worse off now than it ever has been,maybe Mr.Eustice could tell us what the area has now that it didn't have in the past (except the 500,000 new houses which have been built,so they can dump the troublemakers from elsewhere down here,and maybe the charities which he seems to be so proud that we have,maybe he should look into why we need them).Showing off about the charities here Eustice,doesn't do you credit,it does the people credit,it does you shame,start talking from your mouth instead of talking from a lower orifice.The area was once the most important area on the planet for a certain industry,something which we lived for,which now seems far too overlooked by the idiots who see the people as the problem,not the way in which it is managed..The CPR area,is a rolemodel of what happens when all you do is build,build,build,plus some demolition,and doing nothing about anything else,but then,we know better than to expect anyone to listen us.I'm glad that someone seems to have recognised the area for once.

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  • DipStick  |  January 18 2014, 10:24AM

    Never read the article, but then it was in the Guardian which is only read by those around Westminster who think it is still a nationally read and respected broadsheet! Well, by thos 'left of cenhtre' anyway ... DS

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  • willythefish  |  January 18 2014, 10:19AM

    "Domestic violence is the number one issue for the police right now." That's what George Eustice said to the Guardian journalist whose article he now claims to deplore. For those who want to see for themselves what was written, the Guardian article is here: http://tinyurl.com/pcjgjcd

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