Author: Julia Penhaligon

Julian German elected new leader of Cornwall Council, as Edwina Hannaford adds climate change to her “to do” list

By Julia Penhaligon Julian German is the new leader of Cornwall Council, comfortably defeating Conservative Linda Taylor by 71 votes to 43. Announcing his cabinet, Mr German promoted Looe...

Twenty rural schools in Cornwall to get fibre broadband

By Julia Penhaligon Twenty schools in Cornwall are to benefit from government investment to install fibre broadband.  It is part of a £200 million programme to improve connectivity in...

Latest European Parliament poll: Brexit Party on course for landslide victory in the South West

By Julia Penhaligon Today’s Survation opinion poll of voting intentions in the European Parliament elections suggests the Brexit Party is likely to record an astonishing victory next week. Of...

Lib Dems “in second place” in South West Euro contest, according to latest opinion poll

By Julia Penhaligon The Liberal Democrats could pull off a surprisingly strong showing in the European Parliament elections in the South West, according to a new opinion poll. An...

Unison to ballot hospital staff for strike action in dispute over pay

By Julia Penhaligon Unison has told Royal Cornwall hospital bosses it is to ballot 600 cleaning and catering staff who work for Mitie, seeking authority for strike action in...

Newquay-London passenger numbers increase after switch from Gatwick to Heathrow

By Julia Penhaligon The switch from Gatwick to Heathrow airports appears to have contributed to a 4% growth in passenger numbers flying from Newquay to London. Newquay airport says...

The end of May really could be the end of May, as Cornwall’s Tories are invited to sharpen their knives

By Julia Penhaligon Local Conservative Associations across Cornwall are being invited to Emergency General Meetings to debate a motion of no confidence in Prime Minister Theresa May. Dozens of...

Cash boost for Cornish rail projects will create a second platform in Bodmin and refurbish Saltash station

By Julia Penhaligon The Bodmin General railway station, used mainly for “heritage” steam fun services, is to get a new platform to improve passenger links.  The £54,000 scheme will...

Mebyon Kernow will not contest Euro elections

By Julia Penhaligon Mebyon Kernow has confirmed that it will not field candidates in the European Parliament elections. MK leader Dick Cole (right) told Cornwall Reports that the high...

Would a giant video screen help to fill Truro’s cultural vacuum?

By Julia Penhaligon Proposals for a giant public video screen to be displayed on Truro’s Lemon Quay have been thrown into uncertainty after city councillors decided not to approve...

North Cornwall Liberal Democrats select Danny Chambers as their Parliamentary candidate

By Julia Penhaligon North Cornwall’s Liberal Democrats have selected vet Danny Chambers as their Parliamentary candidate. Mr Chambers is from just over the border in Devon and at only...

Bude’s Minor Injury Unit to remain closed overnight “until October at the earliest”

By Julia Penhaligon The Minor Injuries Unit at Bude-Stratton hospital will remain closed overnight until at least October, the local Community Network Panel heard this week. The MIU closed...

Oakleigh House gets another three years, as health commissioners change their minds in the face of determined political campaign

By Julia Penhaligon Cornwall’s health and council bosses have granted a reprieve to a £140,000-a-year mental health facility which had been due to close last week. Oakleigh House, Menheniot,...

Underground, Overground, cycling free – how best to get across a dual A30 carriageway at Chiverton Cross?

By Julia Penhaligon Cyclists keen to make the most of a £19 million investment to the west of Truro are pressing Highways England to include a bridge over the...

Cornwall’s Tories reflect on Prime Minister’s new interest in “national unity” and working with Labour to find a way out of Brexit chaos

By Julia Penhaligon Cornwall’s MPs have been absorbing the latest twists and turns to the Brexit drama, after last night’s statement by Prime Minister Theresa May that she now...

Cornwall’s farmers and fishermen on the brink of disaster, facing down the barrel of a no-deal Brexit

By Julia Penhaligon Cornwall’s farmers and fishermen today (Sunday) have only 12 days to find ways of exporting to the European Union, unless Parliament solves the Brexit crisis. With...

Pirates rugby club agrees to stop playing music by Holocaust denier

By Julia Penhaligon The Cornish Pirates rugby team has stopped playing music associated with a well-known Cornish nationalist after he posted anti-Semitic material online. Graham Hart, who was once...

Space minister to visit Newquay

By Julia Penhaligon Space minister Chris Skidmore is to visit Cornwall next month, for an update on plans to develop a spaceport at Newquay. Mr Skidmore made the announcement...

Extended opening hours for Truro’s park and ride should improve access to Royal Cornwall hospital

By Richard Whitehouse Truro’s park and ride is set to extend its hours to help visitors and staff at Cornwall’s main hospital and people visiting the city at night....

Jeremy Corbyn leads new bid to derail Cornwall’s Kennally Care NHS takeover

By Julia Penhaligon Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn will today (Monday) try to slow the “Kennally Care” takeover of Cornwall’s NHS, with an obscure Parliamentary tactic designed to halt...