Michael Gove visits Cornwall

George Eustice recently welcomed Michael Gove, Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, to Cornwall. It was a busy and varied day, and one of the highlights was a visit to Duchy College at Rosewarne. A variety of topics were discussed, including protection for Cornish foods, such as the pasty, post-Brexit.

The college is situated on a working farm, and is something of a horticultural treasure with national plant collections on campus. It has a working nursery, engineering workshops, specialist veterinary nursing facilities and an animal management centre. Duchy College is part of Cornwall College.

George Eustice said: “I am a former student of Cornwall College and did one of the courses on agriculture. The visit reminded me of my own days at agricultural college. Many young people are seeing the opportunities in land based industries and for others a career in animal care or veterinary science is incredibly fulfilling. While there, we met a group of students who had chosen a course in animal care.

“We also met Raoul Humphreys, CEO and Principal of Cornwall College. Cornwall College has a deep rooted history in our area and has been at the heart of all further and higher education in Cornwall for the last 80 years or so. It was great to see such enthusiasm from staff and students alike.”

George Eustice and Michael Gove also joined Derek Thomas MP, on a visit to Newlyn. They met with local fishermen, and discussed the future of the fishing industry and the opportunities following our decision to leave the EU.