Sarah Newton, the Conservative MP for Truro and Falmouth has announced that she is to step down at the next general election, widely expected before Christmas.
The loss of the sitting MP will be a blow to the local Conservatives as it significantly weakens their position ahead of the election. Liberal Democrat Ruth Gripper is making rapid strides in establishing herself as the front runner to win the seat and return it to the Liberal Democrats.
The Truro seat was held by Liberal David Penhaligon from 1974 until his tragic death in 1986, and then by Matthew Taylor for the Liberal Democrats until his retirement in 2010.
Ruth Gripper the Liberal Democrat candidate for Truro and Falmouth said: “Sarah Newton has clearly decided that she cannot defend Boris Johnson and his Brexit deal any longer. The people of Truro and Falmouth voted against Brexit in the Referendum in 2016 but Sarah Newton has consistently voted for a Johnson Brexit deal that will make the people of Cornwall worse off.“
“Any new Conservative candidate will be calling for a Brexit that the people of Truro and Falmouth have already rejected. The Liberal Democrats are the only party that will fight wholeheartedly for an outcome that unequivocally seeks to stop Brexit.”