Deputy Speaker Nigel Evans has to intervene to prevent MP Scott Mann sounding like Dr Who's greatest enemy.
BBC Radio Cornwall
There's been a positive response on Twitter from North Cornwall Conservative MP Scott Mann to the news that Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly will be entering tier one of coronavirus restrictions - the lowest of the three - from next Wednesday.
Neighbouring Devon will enter the higher tier two restrictions, the government announced.
Differences between the new tiers include restrictions on where households can meet up:
- Tier one: the rule of six applies everywhere, indoors and out
- Tier two: the rule of six applies outdoors but there is no household mixing anywhere indoors
- Tier three: can only meet other households in outdoor public spaces like parks, where the rule of six applies
The system will be regularly reviewed and an area's tier level may change before Christmas - the first review is scheduled for 16 December.
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MPs from across the greater South West, including Devon, Cornwall, Somerset and Wiltshire, were among 20 Tories who over the weekend wrote to urge Greater Manchester's mayor to "engage" with the government's coronavirus restrictions, which prompted anger from some of their own colleagues.
Ministers said Greater Manchester needs to be in the top tier of restrictions, but local leaders said they wanted better financial support before they agree to being moved up to the top tier of rules.
Local elected mayor Andy Burnham said he wanted the government to re-introduce the 80% furlough scheme used previously in the pandemic to support the low paid affected by tier three closures.
Four Conservative MPs for the region said the from the 20 MPs letter was unhelpful.
Meanwhile, further delays to the decision on Greater Manchester's Covid restrictions would "put people's lives at risk", the communities secretary has said.
Robert Jenrick said he hoped he could reach an agreement with the region's MPs, and Mr Burnham, on Monday.
Talks are due to continue later after a weekend of discussions.
The South West MPs who signed the letter included -
- Steve Double
- Scott Mann
- Cherilyn Mackrory
- Sheryll Murray
- Selaine Saxby
- Anne Marie Morris
From Somerset: Marcus Fysh
From Wiltshire: Danny Kruger
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Prime Minister Boris Johnson is supporting calls for visitors to Cornwall to maintain social distancing.
The issue was raised at Prime Minister's Questions in the House of Commons by North Cornwall Conservative MP Scott Mann (pictured).
Mr Mann asked: "Will the Prime Minister join me in politely asking visitors to Cornwall to follow the example set by local people over the past three months and strictly respect distancing guidance? We want people to come and have a fantastic holiday in Cornwall. We just want them to be sensible when they're visiting."
The prime minister said Mr Mann "brilliantly sums up the approach that we want to take".
He said: "We want our seaside communities, our fantastic national tourist areas, to feel confident about welcoming visitors this summer. We want loads of stay-cations ... but we want people to observe the rules keep defeating the virus."
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A Cornwall MP says he sympathises with the situation that Dominic Cummings found himself in that led him to drive 260-miles for childcare reasons, but added that the ramifications "of that decision are also his to bear”.
In a statement, North Cornwall Conservative Scott Mann said he could "relate to the anger" that many of his constituents had expressed to him over the last few days.
He added that he "wholeheartedly appreciates the strength of feeling that has been shared with me by my constituents and will make sure these feelings are known with those at the top of government".
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A Cornish MP has said he may challenge a colleague to a wrestling match during a debate in the House of Commons later.
Tory MP Scott Mann is holding an adjournment debate calling on the government to recognise Cornish Wrestling - or "wrasslin'" - and to look at whether the sport could be part of the Commonwealth Games.
"We are proud of a lot of things in Cornwall," he said.
"We have a lot of things like gig rowing, but Cornish wrestling goes back to Agincourt, where two Cornishmen were carrying the banner with Cornish wrestlers on it."
Mr Mann said it was quite a "niche" sport in Cornwall and Sport England had not helped to raise its profile.Copyright: BBC
He added: "I might challenge the minister to a wrestle. I'll have to make sure I get that into my speech. It is going to be a fun debate."
Johnny Mercer reads out the amusing replies to Scott Mann's 'knife tracking' plan
A Conservative MP has criticised the government's new Stronger Towns initiative for overlooking parts of the South West.
Cornwall North MP Scott Mann said his constituency had areas of high deprivation, yet had not been allocated any of the £1.6bn on offer nationwide.
The pot is split into £1bn, divided in England using a needs-based formula, and £600m communities can bid for.
Of all of that, south-west England is to receive £33m, the government says.
Mr Mann said Cornwall had always scored "very highly in terms of social deprivation and funding [to address it]" and he wanted Treasury assurances that his constituency would benefit.
Treasury Minister Robert Jenrick said the announcement "does provide support for the South West" in terms of the direct funding to be paid to local enterprise partnerships.
He added that towns in Mr Mann's constituency "should bid into" the competitive fund of £600m.
Fair to say that Cornwall MP Scott Mann's departure from his role as a Treasury aide over his objections to the Chequers Brexit plans has been met with mixed feelings.
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North Cornwall MP Scott Mann, who quit as a ministerial aide to the Treasury over the Chequers deal on Brexit, said he did it "to represent the views of my constituents".Copyright: Conservative Party
The former postman told BBC Radio Cornwall: "I'm not in Westminster to have a career."
In his resignation letter to the prime minister, he said he was not prepared to compromise their wishes to deliver what he called a watered down Brexit.Quote Message: I feel that the white Paper is in conflict with the aims and aspirations of the people in Cornwall who voted for Brexit, particularly those who feel disenfranchised by globalization and feel it hasn't worked for all parts of the country."
BBC Local Live
North Cornwall Conservative MP Scott Mann has resigned from his government post over Brexit.
Mr Mann, who was a parliamentary private secretary (PPS) at the Treasury, is the latest member of the government to quit over concerns about Prime Minister Theresa May's Brexit plans.
Robert Courts said over the weekend that he was quitting as a PPS at the Foreign Office to "express discontent" with Mrs May's policy before key Brexit votes on Monday.
Mr Mann said the current proposals would "put me in direct conflict with the views expressed by a large section of my constituents".
A parliamentary private secretary is an unpaid ministerial aide who is appointed by a minister to be their assistant.
Theresa May is urging Cornwall Council to listen to the concerns of rural communities about the safety of children walking to school.
During Prime Minister's Questions, North Cornwall Conservative MP Scott Mann mentioned a route where pupils had been denied free public transport.
He questioned whether a five-mile round trip between Delabole and St James' School in Camelford, which more than 1,500 people have signed a petition protesting against, was really safe.Copyright: BBC
He said: "The road has no pavement, no street lighting, and, in winter months, they walk to and from school in the dark on a single-track road with cars tractors and lorries on it. And there are similar stories all around Cornwall."
Theresa May said it was up to the local authority to decide how to allocate funding but she would "encourage local authorities to make sure that they are taking into account the wishes of the communities that they serve."
National and Cornwall Council policy means children over the age of eight who live within three miles of their school do not get a free bus pass if it is safe to walk.
The council said the route was assessed twice and found to be suitable for pedestrians.
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A Cornwall MP has told the House of Commons that Dartmoor Prison should be kept open.
It was judged to be "too old and costly" to run about five years ago.
The government still hasn't made a final decision on its future.
North Cornwall Conservative Scott Mann (pictured) said the prison was an "asset" to the South West and "employs a number of my constituents".Copyright: BBC
However, Minister of State for Courts and Justice Rory Stewart said there were "significant maintenance issues" with the prison that was built in 1805.Quote Message: We would like to pay tribute to the governor and the prison officers for running really a very good prison regime which is popular with prisoners, and that is one of the things we'll have to balance in making the final decision on this prison." from Rory Stewart
Prime Minister Theresa May has been urged to ask supermarkets to make milk part of their lunchtime "meal deal" offers.
Backbench Tory MP Scott Mann made the request during Prime Minister's Questions, telling Mrs May that milk was "very important" for growing children and a healthy diet.
The North Cornwall MP added: "Will she support our campaign next year to re-brand milk, to ask supermarkets to include it as part of their meal deal selections and as part of a healthy diet promote drinking milk in schools?"
Mrs May said: "He talks about the importance of dairy, he is of course a great advocate of rural issues and he's right because it's one of the most efficient, innovative and high quality dairy industries in the EU.
"On the particular points that he's raised can I suggest the environment secretary will be very happy to discuss those particular points with him. "I join him in recognising the importance of the dairy industry."