PM offers heli link help

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The Prime Minister has said “if necessary”, he is prepared to meet with Isles of Scilly residents to help secure a new helicopter service to the islands.

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Prime Minister David Cameron

David Cameron was responding to a question from local MP Andrew George during Prime Minister’s Questions yesterday.

The PM said: “I understand other providers are looking to fill the gaps that have been left by the helicopter service.

“This would provide the most long-term, most sustainable option rather than Government subsidy. But obviously we have to look at all the options; this is a part of our country that needs to be connected to the mainland. If it is necessary to have a meeting then of course I will.”

Commenting afterwards, George said: “So, the Prime Minister says he will meet ‘if it’s necessary’. It is. Land’s End Airport has been closed for 16 days since November 1. The medical community say the service is still not adequate to meet patient need.

“More needs to be done and the Government don’t need to worry that they would have to stump up all the cash. There are many other ways in which they could assist and support.”