Author: Julia Penhaligon

A friend in need: South East Cornwall MP Sheryll Murray’s contribution to Prime Minister’s Questions

South East Cornwall MP Sheryll Murray came to the aid of Prime Minister Boris Johnson today (Wednesday) by asking if he would “continue to deliver” on “getting Brexit done,...

Cornwall Council is experimenting with Artificial Intelligence – what could possibly go wrong?

By Julia Penhaligon Virtual robots are taking over some of the functions of Cornwall Council.  Online “chat bots” are now attempting to answer some of the routine questions which...

Cornwall Council will continue to pay Covid grants to second home owners

By Julia Penhaligon Cornwall Council’s ruling Conservative group has confirmed that it will pay Covid grants to second home owners, repeating the policy which it criticised last year when...

“Nightmare” Saints Trail cycle path set to face further scrutiny

By Julia Penhaligon County Hall officials are coming under pressure to provide more information about the Saints Trail cycle path to the west of Truro, which has had to...

We have not flip-flopped on major housing projects, say Cornwall’s Tories

By Julia Penhaligon Cornwall’s Conservative councillors had never been “whipped” to oppose major capital projects such as Truro’s Pydar redevelopment scheme, or the Langarth “New Town,” County Hall heard...

Carry on trail hunting: Cornwall Council to take no action on 10,000+ petition calling for a ban

By Julia Penhaligon Cornwall Council is to continue allowing fox hounds to take part in “trail hunts” across more than 23,000 acres of publicly-owned land. A meeting of the...

All six of Cornwall’s MPs back compulsory voter ID

By Julia Penhaligon All six of Cornwall’s MPs backed the controversial Elections Bill as it cleared its final hurdle in the House of Commons last night (Monday.)  The new...

County Hall prepares to mark the third anniversary of its climate emergency – with another demonstration protesting the lack of progress

By Julia Penhaligon Climate change protestors plan to return to County Hall tomorrow (Tuesday) for a colourful demonstration to mark the third anniversary of Cornwall Council’s declaration of a...

Cornwall’s Opposition parties frustrated by delays in selecting general election candidates

By Julia Penhaligon The selection of Parliamentary candidates to challenge any of Cornwall’s six Conservative MPs is being delayed by national party priorities. Labour Party bureaucrats are determined to...

Partygate reaches the far West of Cornwall: Conservative candidate finishes bottom of the poll in St Just

By Julia Penhaligon The Conservative candidate finished bottom of the poll in a St Just Town Council by-election yesterday (Thursday.) Alison Thomas bravely stood under the official party banner,...

Government statement should help Cornwall Council tell the difference between a second home and a holiday let

By Richard Whitehouse and Julia Penhaligon The government’s claim to be “cracking down” on second homes in Cornwall is at the centre of a political row over the way...

Council leader should rule on whether or not to ban trail hunting, say County Hall officials

By Julia Penhaligon County Hall officials have said that Cornwall Council leader, councillor Linda Taylor, should decide whether or not to ban trail hunting on council-owned land. Although trail...

Cornwall’s MPs say “wait and see” as Prime Minister’s future hangs by a thread

By Julia Penhaligon None of Cornwall’s six Conservative MPs has, so far, called on Boris Johnson to resign.  Their position is in stark contrast to Tory Members of the...

Partygate: half of Cornwall’s MPs would lose their seats in Parliament if Boris Johnson remains as Prime Minister, according to YouGov

By Julia Penhaligon While all of Cornwall’s six Conservative MPs have said they are content to wait for the report of the official inquiry into Boris Johnson’s lockdown-busting “bring...

Boris Johnson “should consider his position” if reports of lockdown-busting booze parties in Downing Street are proven, says St Ives MP

By Julia Penhaligon Cornwall’s Conservatives are bracing themselves for the possibility of a leadership challenge to Boris Johnson. The latest revelations about lockdown-busting, alcohol-fuelled parties in Downing Street have...

All six of Cornwall’s MPs vote against cutting Value Added Tax on energy bills

By Julia Penhaligon All six of Cornwall’s Conservative MPs last night (Tuesday) voted against a Labour proposal to reduce Value Added Tax on energy bills. The MPs were part...

“We’re sorry we didn’t tell you why we subsidised cheap flights or how we considered the climate impacts” council officials apologise to members

By Julia Penhaligon Two senior Cornwall Council officials have apologised, formally, to councillors for failing to keep them properly informed during the process which led to the award of...

New “business plan” promised for Cornwall’s car parks

By Julia Penhaligon Cornwall’s Conservatives appear on the verge of leaping into the politically-dangerous waters of car parking charges, promising a major review with the intention of lowering costs...

Flights to Cornwall should be carbon-neutral by 2040, say councillors – but officials urge caution

By Julia Penhaligon Cornwall Council is to debate the impact of Newquay Airport on climate change.  It will be the first time councillors have been able to challenge the...

Cornwall Council asked to debate 10,000+ petition calling for a ban on trail hunting

By Julia Penhaligon The prospect of trail hunting being banned on land owned by Cornwall Council could come a step closer next week when a 10,267-name petition is presented...