CLA South West Regional Director Ann Maidment recently met with Jayne Kirkham, the Labour Prospective Parliamentary Candidate for Truro and Falmouth.
The visit was hosted by Catherine Mead OBE at Lynher Dairies, based at Ponsanooth, near Truro, a producer of award-winning cheese including the nettle-wrapped Cornish Yarg.
Whilst the Truro and Falmouth constituency has many visitor attractions, industries and businesses are not dominated by the arts or leisure, and chiefly rely on maritime maintenance, retail, distribution, and agriculture.
The meeting was an opportunity for the CLA South West to highlight the potential of the rural economy and the benefits businesses offer, but also the challenges faced ahead of a General Election, expected to be later this year.
Discussions were focused around farming and the challenges for Cornish farmers, future support, and trade. As an example, with Cornwall having the second largest area of permanent pasture in the country, the need for the right support for Cornwall farmers was felt to be important. Devolution, affordable homes in Cornwall and improving the planning system were also a key areas of discussion.