Author: Julia Penhaligon

Political parties make one last push to find candidates for council elections

By Julia Penhaligon Cornwall’s political parties are putting the finishing touches to their candidates’ lists ahead of the 6th May local council elections, and the Police & Crime Commissioner...

To infinity, and beyond – Vote Tory for more tourism, as Newquay spaceport gets even more political

By Julia Penhaligon Three of Cornwall’s senior Conservative politicians have written to Richard Branson to distance themselves from the leader of Cornwall Council, who recently dismissed the idea of...

We’ve approved so many planning applications we can now slow down, says Cornwall Council, just two months before local elections

By Julia Penhaligon Cornwall Council has approved so many planning applications for new houses that it has comfortably exceeded government targets, according to a new County Hall report. The...

Laptop democracy should become the new normal, urges Cornwall Council

By Julia Penhaligon Cornwall Council is urging the government to allow it to continue to hold “virtual” meetings after local government elections. The current Covid-19 regulations, which allow councils...

Leisure centres winners and losers: the decision will be made by private management company, not Cornwall Council

By Julia Penhaligon The decision about which of Cornwall’s leisure centres might reopen on 12th April will be made by the outsourced private management company, GLL, and not by...

Council election campaigning to be allowed from 8th March

By Julia Penhaligon Door to door election campaigning can resume from 8th March, provided it is conducted in a Covid-secure way, the government has announced. Political parties and candidates...

We’re starting the election early to allow more time for candidates, says Cornwall Council

By Julia Penhaligon Cornwall Council’s decision to publish its official “Notice of Poll” for the May elections a week earlier than most local authorities was to allow for more...

On your marks, get set, go! Cornwall Council leader confirms the local elections starting pistol will be fired a week earlier than usual

By Julia Penhaligon Cornwall Council leader Julian German has confirmed that the official starting pistol for local elections will be fired on 22nd March, a week earlier than most...

Inspirational Scotland? Edinburgh might have a lesson for Cornwall, after 85% “strongly support” the idea of a tax on tourists

By Julia Penhaligon The elections to be held on 6th May could finally lead to the introduction of Britain’s first tourist taxes. The measure will not be introduced in...

Starmer tells the NFU that Britain needs to buy British, but offers little detail about how Labour would do things differently

By Julia Penhaligon Sir Keir Starmer has become the first Labour Party leader since 2008 to speak at the National Farmers Union conference – but his main message, that...

There is no alternative: Cornwall’s Opposition councillors fail to say how they would things differently

By Julia Penhaligon Cornwall Council has approved its recommended budget by 67 votes - 42, with one abstention, with none of the political parties proposing any alternative. Council tax...

Cornwall Council election could be called early, with Notice of Poll published seven days before deadline

By Julia Penhaligon Formal campaigning for local council elections in Cornwall looks as if it might start a week earlier than in many other parts of the country. Cornwall...

The Covid-recovery roadmap: what it tells us about the local elections

By Julia Penhaligon The government’s “roadmap” out of Covid-19 restrictions looks like it will allow for some campaigning in the Cornwall Council elections and the Police and Crime Commissioner...

Cornwall Council and the Consultant: stop me if you’ve heard this one before

By Julia Penhaligon The traditional winter panto season might have been curtailed by Covid-19 but Cornwall Council’s Conservatives and Liberal Democrats are doing their best to keep voters amused. ...

Covid-19: will this be the final lockdown?

By Julia Penhaligon A handful of cabinet members are this afternoon (Sunday) expected to sign off on the government’s top secret “roadmap” for lifting Covid-19 restrictions.  The 50-page document...

No evidence that crowded beaches spread Covid-19, scientist tells MPs

By Julia Penhaligon There has never been a case of Covid-19 transmission on a crowded beach, an expert told MPs today (Wednesday.) Police were forced to step in and...

Crash, bang, wallop – two worlds collide as world’s first eco-powered rum distillery seeks to replace banger racing

By Julia Penhaligon One of the Cornwall Council election issues most likely to test the maxim that “all politics is local” concerns the future of the United Downs banger...

Former Labour NEC member Jon Lansman seeks election to Cornwall Council

By Julia Penhaligon One of the most influential figures in the Labour Party in recent years is to be a candidate for election to Cornwall Council. Jon Lansman, founder...

Mebyon Kernow protests denial of broadcasting opportunities during local elections

By Julia Penhaligon The opening shots have been fired in the traditional party election broadcast tussle, as BBC comes under fire for its approach to minor parties which stand...

St Austell brewery boss accuses government of “arrogance and ignorance” over Covid lockdown rules

By Julia Penhaligon The boss of St Austell brewery has sent a stinging rebuke to Prime Minister Boris Johnson over the government’s failure to support the brewing industry during...