THE Mayor of Camborne has announced plans to run for the Member of Parliament (MP) for Camborne and Redruth constituency at the next General Election.
Mayor of Camborne cllr Mike Champion, hopes to gain a seat in parliament for Cornwall political party, Mebyon Kernow at the General Election in May 2015.
Cllr Champion has been a member of the town council for the last six years.
Speaking at last week’s MK Conference, he thanked members in the constituency for their support, and stated that he was standing for parliament because of his love for Cornwall, its proud history, culture and all its people.
He said: “I have the honour of being the Mayor of Camborne, a town with a history second to none. Yet I can see how successive Westminster governments have condemned the people of what was once a centre of world excellence for engineering and mining, to a succession of low-paid, low-skilled part-time jobs.
“What has happened in Camborne is reflected throughout Cornwall.
“I do not believe however that we should simply sit at the Tamar holding out the begging bowl, asking for a few more crumbs from the rich man’s table. Instead, I will take the fight directly to the Westminster parties, who have subjected Cornwall to years of broken promises and underfunding, considering our economy to consist of little more than cheap holidays and cream teas.”
He also pledged that his campaign would focus on both the need for social justice and to protect the environment of Cornwall.
He added: “I come from a left-wing background, and I am proud to call myself a socialist because I believe in social justice, decent public services, and a fair society for all. That will be a major plank of my election campaign, for without a decent society we cannot make progress as a nation.
“We are the guardians of this land and we must exercise those responsibilities wisely. It is criminal that high grade farmland is used for building when future generations will need it for food production.”