Deputy PM to pay a visit to clay country
DEPUTY Prime Minister Nick Clegg is due to be in Cornwall today where he will visit Blisland to view plans for the £60 million scheme to dual a stretch of the A30 east of Bodmin.
Mr Clegg will also be calling at Brannel School where he will be hosting a public question and answer session.
The Liberal Democrat leader will be visiting a college in Penzance in the morning, will meet business leaders in Redruth over lunch before going on to Blisland Village Hall where an exhibition is being held detailing the project, before hosting a public question and answer debate in St Stephen in the evening.
Mr Clegg said: "It will be great to be back in the county. As I'll be travelling from Penzance to Bodmin, I'll get to see a good deal of Cornwall.
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"Liberal Democrats are working hard in Cornwall to build a stronger economy in a fairer society.
"I'll be meeting with students who are getting the skills and experience needed for a successful career. The £1bn Youth Contract I have championed in the coalition Government will give them and others who are struggling to find jobs, the chance to earn or learn.
"I'll also get a chance to see the investment the coalition Government is putting into Cornwall. Near Bodmin, we're dualling the A30 to tackle the notorious bottleneck, which will be a boost to local business and tourism and make getting around easier for Cornish people.
"I look forward to tackling these issues and many others in the evening in the public Q&A I am hosting near St Stephen."
Richard Schofield, head teacher at Brannel School, said:"Our students are particularly looking forward to meeting Nick Clegg on Friday and having the opportunity to ask him some questions."
Newquay and St Austell MP Stephen Gilbert said the school's theatre would be full with 190 people snapping up tickets quickly.
"I'm delighted he's coming to St Stephen. I think it's to Nick's credit that he's going to take questions from people in an open Q&A session and the fact that the almost 200 spaces were snapped up within a few hours of them being advertised shows that the local community is really keen to engage with him," he said.