National newspaper article 'ignored positives' in portrayal of Camborne area says George Eustice MP
THE MP for the Camborne, Pool and Redruth area (CPR) says he plans to taken action over a damning description in a national newspaper.
George Eustice, Conservative MP for Camborne, Redruth and Hayle, is to write to The Guardian about an article headlined "Hidden Cornwall: not beaches and ice-cream but poverty and violence", written by James Mumford, portraying an area riddled with alcohol and drug abuse and domestic violence.
He said he would also write to write to the Centre for Social Justice (CSJ), an independent think-tank, to outline the positive work emerging from the constituency, as he believed some figures quoted in the article were supplied by the CSJ.
Mr Eustice said the piece only focused on negative aspects, doing little to acknowledge those "working hard to make a difference".
Free DT333 System Phone with all New NCP Panasonic Business...View details
Make Sure Your Business In Cornwall Chooses The Correct Business Telephone System At The Most Competitive Price.
Approved Panasonic Telecommunications Installer.
Terms: Terms: Please Quote This Genuine Offer When Booking An Appointment With Your Telecommunication Engineer. We Also Offer A Demonstration Of The Proposed System. Please Ask For This Free Service
Contact: 01726 213808
Valid until: Monday, March 31 2014
He said: "The article says that the area has an absence of a voluntary sector. This is shocking. There is a vibrant charity and voluntary sector all working hard. I speak with them all the time.
"I was quoted in the article for one aspect, but it did not mention all of the positives I said about the area.
"It's really squandering the hard work of the many."
Local people have also defended their towns.
Mayor of Camborne Mike Champion said: "The article is pretty damning.
"The town council, BID (Business Improvement District) Camborne, chamber of commerce and many volunteer groups are working hard to improve our town. We all do this from different angles, focussing on different issues.
"The hard work of many is helping to push Camborne into a better future for all the residents. Much of this work goes on under the radar, but steadily we are making a difference. It's up to all of us to make this difference and I ask the people to put themselves forward to help make the change."
Mark Richardson, chief executive of the Cornwall Voluntary Sector Forum, said: "The issues raised in the article are very real, but I [deny] that there's an absence of voluntary organisations in the Camborne corridor. There are as many as 180 charities and groups based in and around Camborne, not to mention hundreds of others whose services are available to local people."
George Le Hunte, the chairman of BID Camborne, said: "If you look at any town in the UK you will find pockets of inequality, poverty and disenfranchisement.
"Camborne is no different in that respect, but to tar the whole area with that brush is as ridiculous as it is reductive.
"I've been an active resident of Camborne for many years and I have never felt so positive about it as I do now.
"The businesses in the town are working really hard to make a difference to the economy and people's lives.
"This doesn't happen overnight, obviously."
See Mr Eustice's column on page 44.