THANK you for giving me the opportunity to reply to the letter from Harold Graham published in the West Briton.
I agree that we need to give the idea of a Cornish Assembly a fair and unbiased hearing.
Anything that can help bring prosperity to Cornwall is a good thing and I welcome this debate.
However, I believe we need central Government to recognise that Cornwall needs investment to create skilled jobs and enable local people to fill them, improve wages, and build new, one and two-bedroomed houses so that more people can stay in Cornwall to make their living and raise their families.
Those decisions will still be taken in Westminster, because that is where the finance sits, and Cornwall needs good people influencing Westminster on behalf of local people.
We can debate the pros and cons of a Cornish Assembly until the proverbial cows come home, but what concerns me most is the plight of many families I have met in Camborne and Redruth who are struggling to make ends meet.
I invite Mr Graham to come with me to the foodbank and explain to people there how a Cornish Assembly will pay their bills at the end of the month.
I believe that politicians have the power to make Cornwall better in the future.
I have come into politics because I was inspired by some politicians I met in my youth. I want to be an MP that can inspire generations of the future.
I know Cornwall has been badly served by some politicians in the past, politicians who have disappeared off to London to serve their own interests.
Cornwall is my home. I have lived here for seven years and intend to work tirelessly for the people of Camborne and Redruth.
Localism needs to be about more than just taking decisions locally; finance and strategic infrastructure from a wealthy and strong central Government must also be applied in order to bring education, homes and jobs to our area. Those kind of decisions are very unlikely to be devolved to a new Cornwall Assembly.
I believe that Cornwall needs to be heard more and governed better.