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The following article appeared in today's The Cornishman:
We're at the crossroads, says George
A PLEA for the establishment of a university in Penzance is to go all the way to the House of Commons.
St Ives MP Andrew George is to read out a new petition, to be launched on Saturday, drawing the Government's attention to the importance of siting a university campus in Penwith.
At the moment he feels its future stands on a "knife edge".
He is urging local people to add their names to the petition which he will then pass on to the Speaker of the House of Commons.
"I will present it to Madam Speaker before the end of the next session, probably the last week of November or first in December," he said.
He is also asking people to come forward to sign another petition calling for Cornwall to get its fair share of NHS funding.
From 11am on Saturday the MP will be in Penzance's Market Jew Street and Causewayhead with both petitions.
Of the plea for the university he says: "it is important we get the full community backing to push for the university on a more decisive footing."
Its presentation in Parliament will coincide with it going to the Department of Education and Employment urging its support and also to negotiate with the Government Office SW to confirm that the prospect of European Funding, which had been deferred at the end of September, will be made available.
The other petition is from all Cornish MPs deploring the closures of local hospitals and calls for the county to get its fair share of funding.
At the moment West Cornwall stands at a "crossroads," Mr. George feels.
He pleads: "I urge local people to come along on Saturday and show their support by signing both petitions."
For further copies of the petitions contact Mr George at the House of Commons.
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