Scott Mann

MP says SW needs reassurance about cash for towns

A Conservative MP has criticised the government's new Stronger Towns initiative for overlooking parts of the South West.

Cornwall North MP Scott Mann said his constituency had areas of high deprivation, yet had not been allocated any of the £1.6bn on offer nationwide.

The pot is split into £1bn, divided in England using a needs-based formula, and £600m communities can bid for.

Of all of that, south-west England is to receive £33m, the government says.

Mr Mann said Cornwall had always scored "very highly in terms of social deprivation and funding [to address it]" and he wanted Treasury assurances that his constituency would benefit.

Treasury Minister Robert Jenrick said the announcement "does provide support for the South West" in terms of the direct funding to be paid to local enterprise partnerships.

He added that towns in Mr Mann's constituency "should bid into" the competitive fund of £600m.

MP Mann quit Treasury job 'to represent constituents'

Laurence Reed

BBC Radio Cornwall

North Cornwall MP Scott Mann, who quit as a ministerial aide to the Treasury over the Chequers deal on Brexit, said he did it "to represent the views of my constituents".

Scott Mann
Conservative Party

The former postman told BBC Radio Cornwall: "I'm not in Westminster to have a career."

In his resignation letter to the prime minister, he said he was not prepared to compromise their wishes to deliver what he called a watered down Brexit.

I feel that the white Paper is in conflict with the aims and aspirations of the people in Cornwall who voted for Brexit, particularly those who feel disenfranchised by globalization and feel it hasn't worked for all parts of the country."

MP Scott Mann resigns from government post over Brexit

Andrew Segal

BBC Local Live

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North Cornwall Conservative MP Scott Mann has resigned from his government post over Brexit.

Mr Mann, who was a parliamentary private secretary (PPS) at the Treasury, is the latest member of the government to quit over concerns about Prime Minister Theresa May's Brexit plans.

Robert Courts said over the weekend that he was quitting as a PPS at the Foreign Office to "express discontent" with Mrs May's policy before key Brexit votes on Monday.

Mr Mann said the current proposals would "put me in direct conflict with the views expressed by a large section of my constituents".

Boris Johnson resigned as foreign secretary and David Davis left his role as Brexit secretary over similar concerns.

A parliamentary private secretary is an unpaid ministerial aide who is appointed by a minister to be their assistant.

Dartmoor Prison 'should be kept open', says Cornish MP

Hayley Westcott

BBC News Online

Dartmoor Prison
HMP Dartmoor, built in 1805, is one of Britain's oldest jails

A Cornwall MP has told the House of Commons that Dartmoor Prison should be kept open.

It was judged to be "too old and costly" to run about five years ago.

The government still hasn't made a final decision on its future.

North Cornwall Conservative Scott Mann (pictured) said the prison was an "asset" to the South West and "employs a number of my constituents".

Conservative MP for North Cornwall, Scott Mann

However, Minister of State for Courts and Justice Rory Stewart said there were "significant maintenance issues" with the prison that was built in 1805.

We would like to pay tribute to the governor and the prison officers for running really a very good prison regime which is popular with prisoners, and that is one of the things we'll have to balance in making the final decision on this prison."

Rory Stewart

Make milk part of lunchtime meal deals - Cornish MP

Prime Minister Theresa May has been urged to ask supermarkets to make milk part of their lunchtime "meal deal" offers.

Backbench Tory MP Scott Mann made the request during Prime Minister's Questions, telling Mrs May that milk was "very important" for growing children and a healthy diet.

The North Cornwall MP added: "Will she support our campaign next year to re-brand milk, to ask supermarkets to include it as part of their meal deal selections and as part of a healthy diet promote drinking milk in schools?"

Mrs May said: "He talks about the importance of dairy, he is of course a great advocate of rural issues and he's right because it's one of the most efficient, innovative and high quality dairy industries in the EU.

"On the particular points that he's raised can I suggest the environment secretary will be very happy to discuss those particular points with him. "I join him in recognising the importance of the dairy industry."