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Brexit vote is shelved, as government whips continue to twist arms and hope something will turn up

By Graham Smith It appears that at least three of Cornwall’s MPs will have to wait before they can vote against their own Prime Minister, in act of Parliamentary...

Cornwall prefers the Prime Minister’s vision of Brexit as the “least worst” option, according to YouGov

By Graham Smith Most people in Cornwall appear to back Theresa May’s vision of a negotiated Brexit as a "least worst" option, according to a YouGov poll. Nationally, the...

Corserv unwrapped: will Cornwall councillors get the answers they want?

By Graham Smith Cornwall Council’s £250 million-a-year company, Corserv, is coming under increasing pressure to be more transparent – with councillors invited to a special briefing on Friday. The...

Buddy, can you spare a dime? Construction giant Kier looks for cash, as markets keep their fingers crossed

By Graham Smith Shareholders in the construction company Kier are set for a nervous immediate future after seeing 40% of the firm's value wiped out in recent days. The...

Cornwall Council calls for a new referendum on Brexit

By Graham Smith Cornwall Council has voted 47-40 in favour of calling for a second Brexit referendum. In 2016 the council was “neutral” during the first referendum, which saw...

Standing Up 4 Brexit: 80% of Conservative Party members want Theresa May to resign

3rd December 2018 By Graham Smith With a week of Parliamentary debates due to get underway today (Monday), Cornwall's six Conservative MPs are coming under intense scrutiny for clues...

Cornwall’s Tories continue to feud over their HQ’s “back Chequers” Brexit campaign

3rd December 2018 By Graham Smith Cornwall’s Conservatives are continuing their bitter civil war over Brexit as their party’s HQ has launched a campaign to appeal over the heads...

Councillors question the lack of detail in County Hall’s Big Idea

29th November 2018 By Richard Whitehouse Councillors have asked for more details to be included in a business plan for Cornwall Council’s £600 million investment programme. The council is...

Cornwall can expect an extra 7,000 vulnerable adults needing social care by 2030

29th November 2018 By Richard Whitehouse An extra 7,000 people will enter Cornwall’s care sector by 2030, a council committee heard yesterday (Wednesday.)  The cabinet member responsible for adult...

Theresa May gives Cornwall a miss, as she seeks backing for her Brexit deal

27th November 2018 By Graham Smith The Prime Minister has no plans to visit Cornwall ahead of the crucial House of Commons vote on her proposed Brexit deal. Theresa...

A date for your diary, as Cornwall Council prepares for a political shake-up at County Hall

25th November 2018 By Graham Smith Cornwall’s Conservative councillors will meet on 20th December to elect their new group leader at County Hall.  The contest opens tomorrow (Monday) and...

Cornwall’s safeguarding cases soar: 400 new cases every month

24th November 2018 By Richard Whitehouse New figures show that the number of safeguarding concerns reported in Cornwall has almost doubled in a year. Those responsible for the figures...

Phil Seeva quits and Cornwall’s Tories start the search for someone to lead them into 2021 elections

24th November 2018 By Graham Smith Phil Seeva has quit as leader of the Conservative group of Cornwall councillors.  The Tories will start the process of electing a new...

A day in the life of the European Union’s chief Brexit negotiator

23rd November 2018 CLICK THE "As I Please" LINK (ABOVE) TO REGISTER AND READ THIS FREE ARTICLE One of the telephones on my desk just won’t stop ringing.  It’s...

Big rise in school fines for unauthorised absences

22nd November 2018 By Richard Whitehouse The number of parents in Cornwall fined for taking their children out of school to go on holiday has increased dramatically in a...

EXCLUSIVE: “I’m in” says Branson, as Virgin puts cash on the table for Newquay Spaceport

21st November 2018 By Graham Smith The attempt to win more central and local government support for the development of a spaceport at Newquay is about to take a...

County Hall urged to find an extra £40 million to solve emergency housing crisis

20th November 2018 By Julia Penhaligon Cornwall Council is to spend £40 million to buy more homes in an urgent bid to solve its crisis with emergency accommodation. The...

Branson’s rocket finally leaves the ground – but spaceflight is still some way off, and the clock is ticking

20th November 2018 By Graham Smith Richard Branson’s Virgin Orbit satellite system has finally left the ground, to the relief of council and business officials in Cornwall who hope...

Cornwall’s Tories tell their MPs to “chuck Chequers” but only one of those MPs – so far – is publicly calling on Theresa May to quit

19th November 2018 By Graham Smith A clear majority of Cornwall’s MPs appear set to vote against Theresa May’s proposed Brexit deal.  It is less clear if they have...

A crucial week for the National Health Service and the prospects for Cornwall’s “Kennally Care”

19th November 2018 By Graham Smith A legal challenge to Accountable Care Organisations – which many see as an existential threat to the National Health Service – is set...