Steve Double, Conservative Parliamentary Candidate for St Austell and Newquay today (Thursday) welcomed the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs to Cornwall.
As part of her visit, which focused on Cornwall’s booming food and drink industry, the Right Honourable Liz Truss MP came to St Columb Major to visit Cornish Premier Pasties.
During the visit Steve and the Minister heard how the business was growing to create more jobs in the mid-Cornwall area.
And they were both able to try their hand at crimping with Steve’s Cornish genes clearly giving him the upper hand.
The Minister said: "Cornwall is a county with a proud heritage of food and farming and fantastic potential for the future.
“The industry is central to our Long Term Economic Plan. I was delighted to be invited to St Columb by Steve to visit Cornish Premier Pasties. It was great to see some of Cornwall's world-famous pasties being made and even better to taste them."
Steve said: ”One of my key objectives is to actively support our local businesses to create more, better paid jobs. Cornish Premier Pasties is a great example of a business that is growing, investing in our local economy and employing more local people.
“Cornish brands are more popular than ever, whether it’s home grown produce, fish and seafood, cheese, beer or wine – we even now have our own Cornish whiskey, gin and vodka.
“But the pasty will always be right at the heart of our local food manufacturing with sales both at home and abroad. I was delighted to bring the Secretary of State here to St Columb and I believe Liz got the clear message, to take back to Government, of the significant part Cornwall can play in our country’s food industry.’