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VIDEO: Nick Clegg in Cornwall - wants more help for fishermen

By WBMiles  |  Posted: February 13, 2014

  • Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg with Harbour Master Phil Ward and local MP Andrew George.

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The Deputy Prime Minister had tea with the harbour master at Porthleven this afternoon in a whirlwind tour of Cornwall.

Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg said he would be pushing for more help for fishermen affected by the relentless storms.

Mr Clegg refused to back the campaign for a back-up rail line to be constructed to overcome the Dawlish crisis but said it would be one of the alternatives being considered.

Mr Clegg was the latest MP to visit storm-damaged areas in what has been dubbed the “welly-waving” tours.

Mr Clegg said: “I very much take to heart what the fishermen told me - that they have been stopped from going out to sea for an unprecedented amount of time.

“That’s why I have asked the Fisheries Minister to consider how and where the fishermen could have the same access to hardship funds as businesses do.”

The West Briton is calling for a new rail line to be put in place into Cornwall - the Great Western 2 - before the Government spends £42million on HS2 - the high-speed rail link between London and the north.

Mr Clegg said: “I accept that we need to look at the alternatives given the vulnerability of Dawlish.”

He said those alternatives would include a proposed line through Okehampton. Mr Clegg said, however, that it was “not practical” to take money from HS2 to spend on the rail link in the South West.

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  • Newquaygreen  |  February 17 2014, 11:29AM

    Soon he and his cornish MP's will be no more...the voters will ditch the Lib Dems at the nenxt election after the tuition fees fiasco.

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  • Catyfl  |  February 15 2014, 11:28AM

    Sadly all our politicians are the same! If their lips move, lies come out! No party is exempt from this. Talk is cheap😡😡😡

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  • josdave  |  February 14 2014, 4:25PM

    Clearly some of you out there don't like the facts. It is true that one Dutch trawler has more quotas than the entire Cornish fishing fleet and the French and Spanish break the rules with impunity. That is the reason the quotas are so low. If we were not governed by Brussels we could control our own waters and our fishing industry would thrive.

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  • TWINSCREW  |  February 14 2014, 1:13PM

    Nick Clegg, what is he for? I'll tell you, anything but anything that will give him more votes at the next election, that's all.

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  • josdave  |  February 13 2014, 7:36PM

    Strange how when disaster strikes in a foreign country we fall over ourselves giving them money and help but when it's here we can whistle for help. I do not understand how one Dutch trawler can have more quotas than the entire fishing fleet. The EU is a disaster and why we keep pouring millions a day into it is beyond me.

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  • DipStick  |  February 13 2014, 6:32PM

    " ... Nick Clegg said he would be pushing for more help for fishermen ...". This coming from a rabid EUrophile such as Clegg is so bleddy hypocritical it's unbelievable, seen as how our entry into the then Common Market was the reason our fisheries got decimated! DS

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