Cherilyn Mackrory is the Member of Parliament for Truro & Falmouth and was elected in December 2019.
Cherilyn has lived in Cornwall, since moving to Falmouth in early 2011, but was born and raised in the coastal town of Scarborough, North Yorkshire. She is married to Nick, who is Gorran Haven born and has fished and surfed the Cornish coasts for over forty five years. They have a young daughter and live on the south coast, on the Roseland peninsula.
Before her election Cherilyn was a Cornwall Councillor. Before moving to Cornwall, Cherilyn worked as an IT project manager in the City of London, Bristol and overseas.
Since Cherilyn’s election in 2019, she has been an effective constituency MP, helping out locally and getting tangible results on the ground. She and her team have responded to more than 38,000 pieces of correspondence and secured over £500 million in investment for the Truro and Falmouth constituency.
Cherilyn has made significant progress on key infrastructure projects; the duelling of the A30 is progressing well, the necessary work is happening behind the scene at Treliske to secure Treasury funding for the new Women and Children’s Hospital, £23.6m for the Truro Towns Deal and £50m of Levelling Up funding for the Mid-Cornwall Metro from Falmouth, via Truro to Newquay. In addition, Cherilyn has also secured a new secondary school for Perranporth, covering the Perranporth, St Agnes and St Newlyn East areas.
The Hall for Cornwall has now re-opened after Government investment and has been a huge success. Cherilyn has also secured Government investment in Geothermal Energy and Cornish Lithium extraction at United Downs, which is putting Cornwall on the map around the world for green, clean energy. She is also helping to steer and step up the local supply chain for these industries.
In Parliament, Cherilyn is involved in several All-Party Parliamentary Groups, including Local Democracy, Ocean Conservation, Celtic Sea and the Great South West, placing Truro and Falmouth at the heart of national policy discussions.
She chairs the APPG for Critical Minerals and sits on the Government's Task & Finish Group, looking into the UK's role in this internationally vital supply chain and ensuring mineral extraction in Cornwall is at the top of the table.
Cherilyn is Co-Chair of the APPG on Baby Loss where she fights for better and safer maternity services and aims to develop policies that support families dealing with the grief and loss of a baby and raise awareness of what more can be done by the Government, Parliament, or other agencies to help those affected. Cherilyn is also Co-Chair of the Women's Health APPG, which aims to ensure women are listened to and can make an informed choice about the best treatment for them and to make sure they are treated with dignity and respect.
Alongside these APPG roles, Cherilyn also sits on the Environmental Audit Select Committee. The Committee works to consider the extent to which government departments contribute to environmental protection and sustainable development, and to audit their performance against sustainable development and environmental protection targets. Notable work has been done around water quality by this committee.
In addition, Cherilyn has served as a member of the UK delegation of the Council of Europe (CoE). The CoE is responsible for recognising Cornwall's minority status. She has also taken part on the Armed Forces Parliamentary Scheme with the Royal Navy. Since 2022 Cherilyn has served as a Parliamentary Private Secretary, currently serving at the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office.