Steve Robinson standing in Ladock, St Clement and St Erme for Cornwall Council and for Ladock Parish Council
Born in Redruth 58 years ago, Cornwall is in my blood. Whilst I love to travel, to come back to Cornwall always gives me an amazing buzz. It is and always will be my home.
We moved from Bodmin Moor into Grampound Road in 1982. Both our boys went to the local school and I coached the football team back then and we were pretty good!
A printer by trade with an apprenticeship with The Cornish Guardian in Bodmin and then onto HE Warne magazine printers St Austell only to face redundancy in 1986. And I have been self employed ever since. After a period of poor health and unable to continue, I launched a garden maintenance business in 2005, which must be successful because I am still working flat out!
As a potential Parish Councillor in Ladock Parish, I have concerns with the speed of traffic through Grampound Road and Ladock. This along with the ever increasing size of the distribution depot near the industrial estate. To locate such a facility in a small village is unacceptable, it belongs closer to the A30. I have seen young mothers and their children almost 'sucked' from our narrow pavements into the road when these huge red trucks trundle through Grampound Road. Whilst not forgetting the constant stream of smaller trucks that supply the depot. My other concern is litter. Judging by the wrappers, I would estimate that it takes the time and distance to drive from Fraddon to Grampound Road to eat a Big Mac meal!
As a potential Labour Cornwall Councillor, I have left it later in life to get involved in local politics but there are some issues that I have had recent experience of, which means that I now feel I can no longer 'sit on the fence'. Like many family men of my age I have recently had to deal with the health and social care of elderly parents. It has been a difficult and emotional time for all involved and with the proposed funding cuts it will only get worse for our increasingly older population and their families. I will oppose any cuts in health and social care.
Alongside my concerns regarding health and social care provision in Cornwall is also the lack of opportunity for our young people. Even after university many cannot find career based employment. Home ownership is a distant dream and market rents are unaffordable. Many are forced to leave Cornwall, their friends and family, never to return. This has to change.
The Labour Party has never been strong in Cornwall. Our industrial history explains why. But for the most part Cornwall votes Conservative or Liberal Democrat, it really does not matter which, because the result is always the same each time. Cornwall remains the poorest county in the country. It has always been the poorest county as far back as I can remember, yet we keep voting Conservative or Liberal Democrat.
Now there is an alternative under a Jeremy Corbyn led Labour party. Corbyn's resurrection of the Party has now inspired over half a million people to join and make Labour the largest political party in Europe, a real Labour Party for the people. The labour Party is committed to a fully funded NHS and we are totally committed to opposing any privatisation of our greatest institution or any budget cuts.