Here is a breakdown of votes for 2015 Election
And this is how she voted on behalf of her constituents
Sheryll Murray is nothing if not consistent – she tows the Conservative line in votes and speeches. There is no record of deviation but nor of original thought and independence of mind either. As such, her presence as MP ensures that it is Westminster that speaks, not the interests of Cornwall – and to remind people again, Cornwall is one of the poorest regions of Europe that has been badly treated by this government.
A couple of other points worth noting:
Tory false promises on Workers Rights?
The recently published Conservative manifesto suggests that the Conservatives are likely to pitch hard on workers rights to undermine Labour with their promise to keep all workers’ rights currently guaranteed by EU law.
However Sheryll Murray has consistently voted to restrict Trade Unions whose primary role is to protect workers rights. In addition, she has almost always voted for restricting the scope of legal aid. These two are directly linked!
It will be interesting to see if she suddenly expresses a new found enthusiasm for workers rights and how these rights can be enforced given high Tribunal fees – as David Allen of the FT points out in this recent tweet three days ago:
You can click the tweet and the link above to actually read this – FT is a paid service though.
Housing in Cornwall
Sheryll Murray has generally voted
- for phasing out secure tenancies for life
- generally voted against restrictions on fees charged to tenants by letting agents
No surprise then that she voted against the Affordable Homes Bill introduced by fellow Cornish MP Andrew George (Libdem). She acknowledged the steep cost of housing in Cornwall and made much of the home ownership aspirations of young people in her constituency but objected to the bill on the basis that no clear cost to the tax payer had been given – a frequently deployed objection by the Conservatives that you never hear when it comes to funding foreign wars or eye watering tax handouts to immensely profitable Corporations or even the £350 billion spent in Quantitative easing to buy back government debt. As she said:
“With great power comes great responsibility.”
The hon. Gentleman is in a coalition Government now, and the long-term economic plan is working. It would be irresponsible of me to support this Bill today without knowing the full cost to the taxpayer and how that would impact on economic recovery, because I believe we should never return to the situation we inherited in 2010.
By contrast she warmly supported her fellow Conservative MP Bob Blackman for introducing the private members bill Homelessness Reduction Bill which devolved responsibility to local authorities to require earlier intervention by councils to prevent homelessness
I wish to put the Cornish perspective to the House, and to say how grateful we will be in Cornwall for the changes that this Bill will introduce. Despite the 49% fall in unemployment in South East Cornwall since 2010 and a strengthening local economy, low incomes remain a challenge across Cornwall. Conversely, as a result of our thriving tourist industry, we have one of the highest proportions of second homes, and that naturally has an impact on housing affordability. Only a strong economy that enables incomes to rise will help everyone to be safe and secure and ensure that those who deserve support and care receive it. Unfortunately, however, homelessness remains a considerable challenge in my constituency and across Cornwall—one played out in the casework that comes across my desk every day. That is why I support the Bill of my hon. Friend the Member for Harrow East: it will refocus the efforts of English authorities to prevent homelessness. We have heard of cases in which people have had to wait until they have been given a bailiff’s letter before the local authority will consider rehousing them, and the situation is exactly the same in South East Cornwall. There are also considerable difficulties for people seeking alternative accommodation. I often see constituents who feel that they have been let down by the Liberal Democrat, independently led local authority. Speech 27 Jan 2017
While this bill has been broadly supported on all sides, it is clearly nothing more than a sticking plaster to address profound housing policy failure and a housing market gamed in favour investment landlords and an older, home -owning population. In no way does it address the fundamentals or the bleak future facing our young.
She supported the Welfare Reform Act of 2012, rejected what she called the “outbreak of fear-mongering and panic” by disability campaigners and argued that “the Government are doing all they can for disabled people and their families in a harsh economic climate”. And that she personally would fight for disabled constituents who were not getting the benefits they need – in her eyes these are the victims of bureaucratic failure and a culture of dependency, not a failure of Conservative policy.
I will continue to fight for constituents who are not getting the benefits they need because of their disability. I am determined not to let the most vulnerable in our society suffer at the hands of bureaucracy. There were issues with the system as it stood, but I hope the Welfare Reform Act will address them. It does a wide range of things, such as reducing the culture of welfare dependency for those who can work. It has the intention of protecting and helping the disabled, and I look forward to the Minister’s comments.
Sheryll Murray voted for the reduction of 650 to 600 and by implication in favour of constituency boundary changes that will violate the integrity of Cornwall’s cultural identity i.e. Devonwall