Immigration Minister to visit St Ives on Friday
TV documentaries showing images of marches through the streets of Luton and Bradford this week highlighted the vexed issue of immigration.
But there has never been much to suggest that west Cornwall is a hotbed of anti-immigration feeling.
The Cornish have always been one of the most liberal and welcoming of peoples - not least because historically they have scattered to the four corners of the globe themselves as Cousin Jacks and Jennys.
So why is immigration minister Mark Harper MP visiting the town on Friday?
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Mr Harper, who has become a face of the Conservative party on TV in recent months, is MP for the Forest of Dean and his biography lists no links to Cornwall.
St Ives' Conservative parliamentary candidate Derek Thomas said the minister was actually visiting to meet businesses and take their concerns back to Westminster.
He said: "He is meeting businesses and taking back concerns they've got about the economy and business. He's not coming as immigration minister but as someone who can feed back information from local businesses to government.
Mr Thomas said immigration would probably come up, however.
He said: "People are very nervous about our clamp down on immigration down here because they have concerns it will impact on the transient workforce that businesses here rely on.
"Tourist and leisure, and fishing, needs that workforce.
"But he is coming to meet west Cornwall's small businesses, because it is small businesses that will get Cornwall's economy moving again."
Mr Harper is due to start his visit with Andrew Mounsey, Chairman of the Chamber of Trade in St Ives, at Trim on Tregenna Place at 4pm.
There will then be a tour of a few St Ives businesses finishing up with a Question and Answer session with a number of St Ives Business owners at The Queens Hotel at approximately 4.30pm.