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  • Floss Pencoys
    Article: Nov 11, 2019
    By Florence MacDonald

    It's no exaggeration to say that schools are failing. They're failing because they don't have the funds to hire enough staff or enough mental health and SEN support, and because their focus is in the wrong place.

    I've got a reputation for ranting in the staff room and derailing INSET's by arguing with management. As teachers, we're constantly reminded that it's the levels children attain that are important.

  • Swinson
    Article: Oct 27, 2019

    The Liberal Democrats have made a bid to break the Brexit deadlock by taking no deal off the table and proposing a general election to be held on December 9th.

    Liberal Democrats have led the campaign for a people's vote in this parliament and still believe this is the best way forward to stop Brexit but currently we have not been able to get enough support in parliament to do this. Therefore, in order to break the Brexit deadlock and to block Boris Johnsons' current deal which, is very damaging to our country, Lib Dem leader Jo Swinson has proposed a Bill to amend the Fixed Term Parliament Act and bring forward an election on December 9th.

  • Survey: Oct 24, 2019
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    Dear Resident,

    I'm focused on the issues that matter most to you. That's why I want your feedback today.

    Please take 60 seconds to fill in this local survey and let me know what changes you would like to see in our area.

    Your responses will make a real difference and help shape my campaign priorities for the months ahead.

  • Forest for Cornwall image
    Page: Sep 7, 2019

    Florence back's the Forest for Cornwall

    Florence MacDonald, Liberal Democrat parliamentary candidate for Camborne, Redruth and Hayle has launched a campaign backing Cornwall Council's emergency climate plan and the new Forest for Cornwall.

    In addition to planting 10 million trees as part of the Forest for Cornwall the emergency climate plan proposes:

  • Florence MacDonald campaigning for a safety crossing in Four Lanes
    Article: Jul 1, 2018
    By Jeff Muir

    Florence MacDonald, local parish councillor is campaigning for a safe crossing on the main road through Four Lanes to help children get safely to school.


    There have been several accidents on the main road through Four Lanes in the last year alone. Despite this and the Highways officer visiting Four Lanes, no action has been taken. Apparently, speeding is not considered a problem!

  • Adam Paynter
    Article: Mar 14, 2018

    As you will probably be aware, the Government in recent years has steadily been cutting the amount of grant that it gives local authorities to provide services. Since 2010 Cornwall Council has had to deliver over £300m in savings and we are having to make more in the years to come. However the way the money from government has been shared out between councils is not fair. Cornwall receives on average £264 per head (25%) less than those in inner London.

  • Carer with old person
    Article: Mar 14, 2018

    Cornwall Liberal Democrats deliver better care for the vulnerable and a fair deal for care workers.

    Cornwall Council has agreed a plan for increasing the pay of care workers, and improving the way care is delivered to Cornwall's elderly and most vulnerable adults.

    In a package of proposals on how care will be purchased in the future, Cornwall Council has committed to: implementing the National Living Wage Foundation rate of pay, typically at least one pound higher than the National Living Wage; paying care workers for travel time and mileage; ensuring care workers have at least five days training a year in working time; and not using 15 minute visits to clients.

    Rob Rotchell Liberal Democrat Cabinet member for Adults said:

    "The plan that we have adopted today will bring better care for the vulnerable and deliver a fair deal for care workers. One of the biggest problems we have faced in Cornwall is a shortage of appropriate care workers. By making a significant improvement in their terms and conditions of employment, we hope that we will both increase recruitment and retention, leading to longer term stability in the care system. If we can reduce staff turnover and the use of agency staff, we will reduce costs overall."

    "We are also adopting the Unison Ethical Care Charter. This means that the starting point for commissioning of care visits will be client need and not minutes or tasks. Care workers will have the time and freedom to provide appropriate care to clients, and 15 minute visits will not be used, as they undermine the dignity of clients."

    The plans also include a new more cost efficient process for commissioning care.

    Adam Paynter the Liberal Democrat Leader of Cornwall Council said:

    "We committed in the election to defend Social Care provision in Cornwall in spite of the cuts in funding from the Government. This plan delivers on that promise by ensuring that our front line care workers get a fair deal and our service users are treated with the care and dignity they deserve.

  • Cornish Pasty
    Article: Mar 5, 2018
    US food producers may be able to make and sell 'Cornish Pasties' made in America following Brexit, according to media reports. The US has long been opposed to the rules that mean that a Cornish Pasty can only be described as 'Cornish" if it is made in Cornwall, and have been lobbying for these rules to be dropped after Brexit.