Anyway my amateurish electoral opinions aside. Here is Julie Girling's answers. I haven't given comment on the other respondents but it must be said, the MEPs answers are the first to shun my questions as a template. I don't think there are satisfactory answers to many of the questions although the subjects are talked around. As I wrote before I will do a round robbing comment blog later. See for yourself how you think they've been answered, they were:
"1. If elected as an MEP what would you most like to achieve in the next parliament?
2. What is your party's goal in this term of the parliament?
3. Is the European Union a force for good in Cornwall at the moment? Why or why not?
4. Could the EU be doing more for Cornwall?
5. If there is a referendum on the UK's place in the EU, would you campaign for or against UK membership?
6. Should Cornwall have a greater say in the EU, how might this be
7. Do you think Cornish fishermen get a good deal from the Common Fisheries Policy? What aspects of the CFP would you defend and which would you change?
8. Do you think Cornish farmers get a good deal from the Common Agricultural Policy? What aspects of the CAP would you defend and which
would you change?
would you change?
9. Have European Structural Funds (Objective 1, Convergence) been a success in Cornwall? how should future funding be allocated?
10. The Cornish have recently been recognised as a national minority. Is this a good thing? How does this apply to an MEP?"
Dear Mr Simmons
Thank you for your email. In answer to your questions I respond as follows:
Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly benefit from EU funding more than any other county in South West England and will receive more than £500 million of European funding over the next seven years. The European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and the European Social Fund (ESF) ensures funding for €592.9 million (£512.85m) will be made available for the period 2014 to 2020.
Our overriding responsibility is to protect and advance the interests of the United Kingdom. I am fully behind David Cameron's pledge to hold a referendum on our part in the EU; the British people must be given their say on our membership. The scope of the European Union's power has grown considerably since the last referendum in 1975 and it is clear we need a renewed mandate from the electorate.
In Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly, I believe European funding is having a positive impact on local communities. The EU is a key financial contributor to the Cornish economy, future funding should be administered as it is now – by the Local Enterprise Partnership.
The EU must be reformed if we are to continue our involvement within it. I fully support the plan to negotiate a new relationship with the EU and then allow the British people to have their say within the first two years of the next Parliament.
Regarding agriculture and fishing, these are two portfolios I have worked on in detail over the last five years and I have worked hard to ensure all areas of the South West benefit from the reformed Agricultural and Fisheries Policies.
The minority status of Cornish people does not apply to me as your MEP. Be assured, I am committed to ensuring Cornwall and the whole of the South West gets a good deal out of Europe.
Thank you for taking the time to contact me.
Yours sincerely Julie Girling Conservative MEP for the South West & Gibraltar