Labour launched its election campaign in Truro and Falmouth on Saturday with an event at Falmouth Watersports Centre.

There were a range of speeches from local party figures and prospective parliamentary candidate Jennifer Forbes.

Addressing the crowd, Jennifer said: “More of the same in Truro and Falmouth is not an option. We have had decades of Tory and Lib Dem representation locally and in Westminster.

“Through austerity they have actually made things worse. The Conservatives and Lib Dems voted together to take £7bn out of education budgets that has seen local schools struggling to survive. My three children have all been schooled here in this constituency and I see what cuts to the education budgets have done. Our children don’t get those years back.

“They have underfunded the NHS in real terms to the point that black alerts are now a regular occurrence at Treliske Hospital.

“And plenty of warm words about climate change but no serious action to tackle it.

“I’m not a warm word type of person. I started my working life here in Truro as a BT engineer. I like fixing this and getting things done. Doing a proper job in the real world means I understand what life is like for ordinary people here, and I want to change that for the better.

“My priorities for Cornwall? Take the urgent action we need on climate change, build new social housing, insulate older houses, make public transport a realistic alternative to the car in Cornwall. Bring new high quality green jobs to Cornwall. Bring schools funding back up to the national average and ensure Cornwall gets a fair deal from government; and trust the people by giving them the final say on Brexit.”