MP praises Cornish miners in new gold rush
SHERYLL Murray, the Conservative MP for South East Cornwall, hailed Cornish miners around the world as she pushed for deep sea mining regulations to be reformed.
"Wherever there is a hole in the ground, there will be a Cornish miner at the bottom of it," Mrs Murray said.
But Tory ex-minister Peter Bottomley wondered whether the Diaspora would be found at the floor of the Indian and Pacific oceans, where deep-sea mining is most common.
"If there are Cornish miners there, I send them my best wishes," he said. "I hope they are swimming well."
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Mrs Murray's Deep Sea Mining Bill passed its second reading and will be debated in detail in committee.
The Bill could open up a 21st Century version of the 19th Century gold rush.
Mrs Murray said: "I want Cornwall and the UK to be leading this frontier industry.
"As the world's demand for minerals continues to grow, and land-based sources become overstretched, the search for minerals in the deep sea is the inevitable consequence.
"I want to place UK companies at the heart of this frontier industry, under the control of the UK Government."