Author: Julia Penhaligon

Cornwall’s devolution deal – and decision about a mayor – likely to be delayed

By Julia Penhaligon Cornwall will have to wait until the end of the year before any government announcement of a devolution deal, according to a report in the Local...

£57 million bid to upgrade Cornwall’s railway “will increase Truro-Falmouth passengers by 25%” says County Hall

By Richard Whitehouse and Julia Penhaligon Cornwall Council has finally submitted its bid for government Levelling Up cash, after a chaotic process which saw an on-off attempt to secure...

Liz Truss showed “a total lack of understanding of the issues we face in Cornwall” – says St Austell & Newquay MP Steve Double

By Julia Penhaligon St Austell and Newquay MP Steve Double has confirmed that he will be voting for former chancellor Rishi Sunak in the Conservative Party leadership contest -...

Cornwall’s Conservatives get their chance to quiz the next Prime Minister

By Julia Penhaligon Cornwall’s Conservatives have been invited to attend their party’s leadership hustings in Exeter this evening, to hear candidates Liz Truss and Rishi Sunak and to ask...

That’s the way the money goes: County Hall puts itself at the top of its SPF shopping list

By Julia Penhaligon Cornwall Council has won the race to start spending the government’s £132 million Shared Prosperity Fund – by spending nearly £2 million of the cash on...

For the first time, the Green Party will contest every Parliamentary constituency in Cornwall at the next general election

By Julia Penhaligon Cornwall’s Green Party has finalised a list of six Parliamentary candidates to contest every constituency at the next general election.  The development means that the Greens,...

Cornwall facing a delay in tackling scourge of second homes

By Richard Whitehouse and Julia Penhaligon Cornwall Council is not set to get new powers to charge extra council tax on second homes until at least 2024 and possibly...

Mayoral referendum campaign moves up a gear with bid to force County Hall debate

By Julia Penhaligon A petition designed to force a Cornwall-wide referendum on whether or not to have a directly-elected mayor has so far reached only 11% of the 21,706...

“Bring back Boris” petition nears 20,000

By Julia Penhaligon Nearly 20,000 people have now signed an online petition demanding that Boris Johnson should be reinstated as Prime Minister.  So far it does not appear that...

Opportunity knocks – Brexit-backer Jacob Rees-Mogg goes out of his way to avoid Dover

By Julia Penhaligon The Minister for Brexit Opportunities, Jacob Rees-Mogg, sought sanctuary from the chaos at Dover yesterday (Friday) by visiting Falmouth. At a distance of 343 miles it...

Cornwall’s Tories will have to go to Exeter if they want to hear directly from the next Prime Minister

By Julia Penhaligon Conservative Party activists in Cornwall will have to travel to Exeter if they want to hear directly from whoever they decide will be the next Prime...

Tory leadership latest: the curse of Cornwall claims another candidate

By Julia Penhaligon The curse of Cornwall has again claimed one of the Tory leadership candidates. Kemi Badenoch was forced to quit the contest yesterday once it became clear...

We all have confidence in Boris Johnson’s government, say Cornwall’s MPs, with just seven weeks to go before the “zombie” administration comes to an end

By Julia Penhaligon All six of Cornwall’s MPs voted to declare their confidence in Boris Johnson’s “zombie” government last night, including St Ives MP Derek Thomas who in April...

Tory leadership latest: has any of the candidates even heard of the Cornish national minority?

By Julia Penhaligon One question which none of the entrants in this year’s Conservative Party leadership contest has been asked so far during the live TV debates is their...

Westminster party games will not impact on Cornwall’s devolution deal – or progress towards a mayor – insists council leader

By Julia Penhaligon Cornwall’s devolution timetable, and moves towards having a directly-elected mayor, will not be affected by the current crisis at Westminster caused by the resignation of nearly...

Tory leadership latest: Truro & Falmouth MP Cherilyn Mackrory says she needs help to make up her mind

By Julia Penhaligon Truro and Falmouth MP Cherilyn Mackrory has broken her silence about the Tory leadership contest – by asking complete strangers who she should vote for. The...

“When I said I would not accept a ministerial job in Boris Johnson’s government, I meant it,” says St Austell & Newquay MP Steve Double. “But then I changed my mind.”

By Julia Penhaligon St Austell & Newquay MP Steve Double has compared himself to wartime leader Winston Churchill, explaining his U-turn acceptance of a ministerial job in Boris Johnson’s...

Tory leadership latest: the curse of Cornwall strikes again

By Julia Penhaligon The curse of Cornwall struck again last night (Tuesday) when it became clear that the support of St Austell and Newquay MP Steve Double was not...

The curse of Cornwall? Grant Shapps quits Tory leadership contest

By Julia Penhaligon Transport secretary Grant Shapps has withdrawn from the Tory Party leadership contest after receiving only eight nominations – a quarter of them from Cornwall. Mr Shapps...

Out of order: row over Royal Cornwall Museum funding sees tempers rise in council chamber

By Julia Penhaligon A Cornwall councillor was threatened with ejection from the County Hall council chamber this morning when he tried to raise, as a point of order, the...