VIDEO: Nick Clegg in Cornwall - wants more help for fishermen
The Deputy Prime Minister had tea with the harbour master at Porthleven this afternoon in a whirlwind tour of Cornwall.
Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg said he would be pushing for more help for fishermen affected by the relentless storms.
Mr Clegg refused to back the campaign for a back-up rail line to be constructed to overcome the Dawlish crisis but said it would be one of the alternatives being considered.
Mr Clegg was the latest MP to visit storm-damaged areas in what has been dubbed the “welly-waving” tours.
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Mr Clegg said: “I very much take to heart what the fishermen told me - that they have been stopped from going out to sea for an unprecedented amount of time.
“That’s why I have asked the Fisheries Minister to consider how and where the fishermen could have the same access to hardship funds as businesses do.”
The West Briton is calling for a new rail line to be put in place into Cornwall - the Great Western 2 - before the Government spends £42million on HS2 - the high-speed rail link between London and the north.
Mr Clegg said: “I accept that we need to look at the alternatives given the vulnerability of Dawlish.”
He said those alternatives would include a proposed line through Okehampton. Mr Clegg said, however, that it was “not practical” to take money from HS2 to spend on the rail link in the South West.