Scilly’s New MP Makes Maiden Speech In Commons

Derek Thomas

Derek Thomas

Scilly’s new MP has used his maiden speech in the House of Commons to highlight the poor pay in his constituency and to call for better healthcare and housing.

Conservative Derek Thomas was elected into the St Ives constituency that covers Scilly in May.

And in his first address to Parliament during the debate on English votes for English laws on Wednesday, he paid credit to the former Lib Dem MP Andrew George, who he said represented the St Ives constituency for 18 years “with loyalty and a high sense of duty.”

Derek said when writing his first speech, he had taken inspiration from the one given by an earlier MP for the constituency in 1966.

Sir John Nott had described how West Cornwall had the lowest wages in the country and Derek said he was “saddened” that this is still the case.

He said he would do whatever he could to help businesses grow and create high-paying jobs including better transport and technology.

And he said improvements to health and social care in the area would need the recruitment of many more health workers and professionals.

Derek said he couldn’t quite believe that he was now an MP, “for one of the most precious and special parts of the greatest nation on this earth.”

You can read Derek’s full speech here.