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Even worse than a mayoralty: Cornwall’s devolution White Paper is an insult to democracy

By Graham Smith If you have never heard of the Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Leadership Board, you are not alone. Don’t worry.  You will soon hear quite a...

Wednesday’s news briefing – the daily digest of Cornwall’s headlines

EXCLUSIVE: what the butler saw at last night’s meeting of Cornwall Council’s Conservative group

By Graham Smith Cornwall Council’s Conservatives plan to use their administration of the £132 million Shared Prosperity Fund as a central plank of their campaign to get re-elected in...

Planners reject St Hilary housing scheme

By Lee Trewhela Cornwall councillors have thrown out plans for an affordable housing-led development in a village near Penzance after hearing it would have a detrimental effect on the...

Tuesday’s news briefing – the daily digest of Cornwall’s headlines

And another one bites the dust: Cornwall’s Conservatives are on the verge of losing control at County Hall as Launceston’s John Conway quits Tory group

By Graham Smith Another Conservative councillor has resigned from the official Tory group at County Hall. Launceston councillor John Conway quit at a meeting this evening (Monday.)  He is...

Devolution: Cornwall’s Lib Dems still digesting County Hall’s “White Paper”

By Graham Smith The political group leaders at Cornwall Council will meet tomorrow (Tuesday) to compare notes about devolution, ahead of Wednesday’s cabinet meeting. Council leader Linda Taylor, for...

Once more to Farnborough – but is time running out for the Newquay spaceport?

By Peter Tremayne Cornwall’s spaceport bosses are this week doing what they do best – handing out business cards and smiling – at the Farnborough airshow. This year’s presence,...

Tens of thousands protest, demanding homes for locals, not tourists

About 50,000 people have taken to the streets of Palma, Majorca, to protest against tourism.  The demonstrators are calling on their regional government to protect their environment, demanding a...

Monday’s news briefing – the daily digest of Cornwall’s headlines

Cornwall’s pride season kicks off in Newquay

Cornwall's LGBTQ+ community paraded through Newquay yesterday (Saturday) for the first of this year's Pride events.  Others are scheduled for Bude, Truro, Saltash and St Ives.  Yesterday's march was...

Cornwall rejects the invitation to have a “grown up conversation” about devolution – aiming instead to make mischief for the new government

By Graham Smith Cornwall Council’s “White Paper” on devolution is a declaration of war on the new Labour government. Its proposals are a direct challenge to deputy Prime Minister...

Sits Vac: someone to “develop and deliver Spaceport’s pipeline, including launch activities”

By Peter Tremayne A raft of new jobs are on offer at Newquay Airport – including one of “Head of Future Air and Space.” Other jobs include a commercial...

County Hall’s “home rule” proposals aim to turn Cornwall into self-governing mini-State

By Graham Smith Cornwall Council aims to raise an additional £2 billion a year in taxes and introduce its own visa scheme for migrant workers, according to County Hall’s...

Friday’s news briefing – the daily digest of Cornwall’s headlines

Thursday’s news briefing – the daily digest of Cornwall’s headlines

Dear Prime Minister, please can we play your Devolution game, too? Love, Cornwall

Dear Prime Minister, Representation of Cornwall on the Council of Nations and Regions As the five Group Leaders representing all 87 members of Cornwall Council, we are writing to...

On the toss of a coin, the way business is done at Cornwall Council now looks very different

By Graham Smith Panic is breaking out among Cornwall Council’s senior officials over the prospect of having to organise additional meetings to scrutinise a raft of policies which in...

Tim Dwelly wins chair of vital airport scrutiny committee on toss of a coin

By Graham Smith Cornwall’s Conservatives have lost control of County Hall’s economic scrutiny committee, which is supposed to investigate proposals to privatise Newquay Airport and turn it into a...

Wednesday’s news briefing – the daily digest of Cornwall’s headlines

Tuesday’s news briefing – the daily digest of Cornwall’s headlines

EXCLUSIVE: The shape of things to come – Cornwall’s Liberal Democrats in pole position to resume leadership at County Hall next May

By Graham Smith Cornwall’s Liberal Democrats are set to once again become the largest political group at County Hall, according to an analysis of which parties finished in second...

Monday’s news briefing – the daily digest of Cornwall’s headlines

Those who control the present control the past and those who control the past control the future

By Winston Smith The capacity of Cornwall Council to plunge itself into constitutional turmoil has reached new depths, with an official record of councillors who attended a scrutiny committee...

Friday’s news briefing – the daily digest of Cornwall’s headlines

Coming home: Truro City’s footballers will play their first match at £11 million “mini stadium” on Saturday 10th August

Truro City will begin their National League South campaign at home to Dorking Wanderers.  The match will end a period of 1,383 days - nearly four years - since...

Thursday’s news briefing – the daily digest of Cornwall’s headlines

The government might have changed colour, but the brown stuff flowing onto Cornwall’s beaches still smells awful

By Graham Smith Cornwall’s new intake of Labour MPs look set to face an early test as South West Water continues to pump raw sewage into rivers and onto...

Welcome to Disneyland: MPs take their Parliamentary oaths in Cornish

By Julia Penhaligon St Ives MP Andrew George, and North Cornwall MP Ben Maguire, took their oaths of allegiance to the King in Cornish yesterday (Tuesday.)  Both MPs had...

Wednesday’s news briefing – the daily digest of Cornwall’s headlines

Will culture secretary help keep the news truly local?

By Graham Smith Independent publishers are watching to see if the new culture secretary, Lisa Nandy, pushes ahead with her previously stated ideas about taxing social media companies to...

“We couldn’t organise a piss-up in a brewery” – County Hall admits it broke the rules over the way councillor got top committee job

By Julia Penhaligon A date has been set for a key scrutiny committee meeting whose sudden and unexplained postponement last week has the potential to cause more internal Tory...

Tuesday’s news briefing – the daily digest of Cornwall’s headlines

Monday’s news briefing – the daily digest of Cornwall’s headlines

Picture of the week

Days of hope: Cornwall's fab four Labour MPs on their way to Westminster.  Jayne Kirkham (Truro and Falmouth), Noah Law (St Austell and Newquay), Perran Moon (Camborne and Redruth)...

“Vote Reform, Get Labour,” said Cornwall’s Conservatives. And they were right, as thousands of Tories stayed at home

By Graham Smith Labour has won a stunning victory in Cornwall. No slicing or dicing of the arithmetic, or hypothetical reallocation of votes from far-Right to centre-Right parties, can...

General Election 2024: Cornwall’s Tories say their goodbyes

By Lee Trewhela Cornwall’s losing Conservative MPs have commented on their defeats, with one crying on TV as she said she was “swimming against the tide.” All five of...

General Election 2024: Cornwall’s Tories have been completely wiped out – all the official results

By Julia Penhaligon Camborne and Redruth – LABOUR GAIN Perran Moon (Labour) 19,360 Connor Donnithorne (Conservative) 11,554 Roger Tarrant (Reform) 8,952 Robert Hawkins (Socialist Labout) 342 Thalia Marrington (Liberal...

Friday’s news briefing – the daily digest of Cornwall’s headline

General Election 2024: the end of one-party rule in Cornwall

By Graham Smith After the excitement of the 10pm exit poll, the seconds turned to minutes, the minutes turned to hours.  Before we knew it, it was Friday already....

The finest democracy money can buy: local news publisher takes election advertising cash from wherever it can find it

The publishers of most of Cornwall’s local newspapers and the Cornwall Live website have sold their “front page” to the Labour Party for today’s (Thursday’s) general election.  In previous...

General Election 2024: polling stations open until 10pm

Polling stations across Cornwall opened at 7am.  Despite opinion polls predicting a Tory wipe-out, Cornwall Reports expects the outcome in four Cornish constituencies to be extremely close.  First results...

Thursday’s news briefing – the daily digest of Cornwall’s headlines

Langarth community sports hub gets ready for kick-off

Harry Lewis (Treveth) and councillor Olly Monk (Cornwall Council portfolio holder) enjoy a kick about on the pitch which is now only a month away from hosting Truro City's...

General Election 2024: concern in Cornwall and Isles of Scilly as demand for postal votes increases by 11,000 in six weeks

By Lee Trewhela Some people in Cornwall, who have chosen to vote by post, still haven’t received their postal ballot.  There are fears some postal votes won’t be counted...

General Election 2024: EXCLUSIVE breakdown and analysis of Survation’s constituency-level MRP poll

By Graham Smith The devil is always in the detail.  Turnout.  Postal ballots.  Town vs country. Until yesterday, there was very little evidence – apart from the opinion polls. ...

General Election 2024: the final opinion poll points to complete Tory wipe-out in Cornwall tomorrow

By Julia Penhaligon The final MRP opinion poll of the general election suggests Labour is on course to win with a huge majority. Survation is forecasting  a final result...

Wednesday’s news briefing – the daily digest of Cornwall’s headlines

Council sent personal details of child in care to the wrong parent

By Lee Trewhela A mother whose child is in foster care was left shocked and upset after Cornwall Council sent her sensitive, personal details about a completely different child...

Tuesday’s news briefing – the daily digest of Cornwall’s headlines

Monday’s news briefing – the daily digest of Cornwall’s headlines

Maenporth beach car park: the rise of the machines

By Lee Trewhela A plan to install an Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) camera system on a Cornish beach, which has caused some controversy in the area, is being...

Motorists warned to avoid Camelford town centre because of unsafe building

An unsafe building has forced the closure of the main A39 road through Camelford.  Diversions are in place.  Cornwall Council recently agreed to spend £2.6 million on yet another...

The curious case of the now-you-see-it, now-you-don’t scrutiny committee whose disappearance has puzzled County Hall’s Tories

By Graham Smith Cornwall Council has been plunged into a fresh constitutional crisis over the way it appointed a new chairman to a key scrutiny committee. A political blunder...

Friday’s news briefing – the daily digest of Cornwall’s headlines

General Election 2024: I can win here, insists North Cornwall Labour candidate, with a social media post straight out of the Liberal Democrat campaign handbook

Winning here!  er, probably not.  This social media post has now been deleted.  There is a long-established convention in politics that totally fictional bar charts are the exclusive property...

Thursday’s news briefing – the daily digest of Cornwall’s headlines

General Election 2024: the soothsayer calls it

By Graham Smith One week to go.  Neither the polls, nor the bookmakers, have changed very much since that far-distant day in Downing Street when Rishi Sunak stood in...

Red sky thinking: might a Labour government scrap the Devon and Cornwall Police and Crime Commissioner – and replace the post with a Mayor?

By Graham Smith Last month Devon and Cornwall’s Conservative Police and Crime Commissioner, Alison Hernandez, was elected for a third term. With her triumph owed, arguably, to a first...

Wednesday’s news briefing – the daily digest of Cornwall’s headlines

Corserv: meet the new boss

By Graham Smith Accountant Paul Cooper, interim finance director of Corserv, has been promoted to the post of acting chief executive.  He takes over from Cath Robinson, who is...

Tuesday’s news briefing – the daily digest of Cornwall’s headlines

Monday’s news briefing – the daily digest of Cornwall’s headlines

Shocking revelation: Cornwall Council is not the local authority of the year

By Graham Smith Cornwall has come away empty-handed after a night out at the Westminster Park Plaza Hotel. The “coveted” Municipal Journal award for local authority of the year...

Glittering prizes: celebrating Cornwall’s “sustained strong performance, financial acumen, sector-leading innovation and excellent political and managerial leadership”

By Graham Smith Best frocks have been laid out and ready all week.  The carriages await. Staff at the Park Plaza hotel, Westminster, are steeling themselves for a long...

Friday’s news briefing – the daily digest of Cornwall’s headlines

Thursday’s news briefing – the daily digest of Cornwall’s headlines

General Election 2024: it’s that man again

Lord “call me Dave” Cameron lent his support to North Cornwall Conservative Scott Mann during a campaign evening in St Columb yesterday (Wednesday.)  The Foreign Secretary is a constituent,...

Wednesday’s news briefing – the daily digest of Cornwall’s headlines

Tuesday’s news briefing – the daily digest of Cornwall’s headlines

Monday’s news briefing – the daily digest of Cornwall’s headlines

General Election 2024: Labour’s campaign in good heart thanks to rock star-turned-environment campaigner Feargal Sharkey

By Lee Trewhela Undertones frontman turned environmental campaigner Feargal Sharkey brought his battle to stop the pollution of the country’s rivers and seas to Cornwall this week, saying the...

Friday’s news briefing – the daily digest of Cornwall’s headlines

General Election 2024: what Labour’s manifesto means for Cornwall

By Graham Smith The Labour Party general election manifesto, published this morning (Thursday) is short on detail – but nevertheless offers glimpses of what could be in store for...

Thursday’s news briefing – the daily digest of Cornwall’s headlines

Wednesday’s news briefing – the daily digest of Cornwall’s headlines

Tuesday’s news briefing – the daily digest of Cornwall’s headlines

Monday’s news briefing – the daily digest of Cornwall’s headlines

Purdah on the dancefloor: how County Hall keeps politics out of politics, but only when it wants to

By Graham Smith Several councillors and other political activists have asked Cornwall Reports for advice about “purdah.” While dictionary definitions point to the religious separation of men from women...

Friday’s news briefing – the daily digest of Cornwall’s headlines

Thursday’s news briefing – the daily digest of Cornwall’s headlines

Wednesday’s news briefing – the daily digest of Cornwall’s headlines

Rumours, plots and conspiracies (continued) – is Nigel Farage about to get a political group on Cornwall Council?

By Graham Smith Cornwall Council’s new Corporate Finance and Performance Overview and Scrutiny committee meets for the first time next week – and has immediately become the focus of...

GENERAL ELECTION 2024: EXCLUSIVE – Cornwall Reports form guide after two weeks of the campaign

By Graham Smith This election reminds me of 2015.  But the result will be very different.  The current Cornwall Reports forecast is: St Ives – Lib Dem gain Truro...

Plots, rumours and conspiracies (continued): Tories triumph to win chair of County Hall’s economy scrutiny committee

By Graham Smith St Austell Conservative councillor Anne Double has been elected as chair of County Hall’s economic scrutiny committee.  She replaces Saltash councillor Martin Worth, who has been...

Plots, rumours and conspiracies: how the law of unintended general election consequences might leave blood on the floor at County Hall this morning

By Graham Smith There is no shortage of Conservatives in Cornwall who think that Rishi Sunak’s decision to call a snap general election was suicidal. County Hall Tories had...

Tuesday’s news briefing – the daily digest of Cornwall’s headlines

Tory splits: critic of large solar farms is back on his local planning committee after threats to create a new political group

By Graham Smith Cornwall councillor Steve Arthur has been restored to two key County Hall committees after another Tory rebellion. Perranporth councillor Arthur, who was elected as a Conservative...

Monday’s news briefing – the daily digest of Cornwall’s headlines

General Election 2024: notes in the margins – how Cornwall is divided

By Graham Smith Follow the money, they say.  Seven days in, and the bookmakers’ odds have not changed. If the accountants are right, the Tories are going to come...

EXCLUSIVE: the officer in charge of Cornwall Council’s finances quits

By Graham Smith Cornwall Council’s chief finance officer, Tracie Langley, has told colleagues she plans to retire as soon as possible.  Friends say she will be gone by Christmas....

General Election 2024: that was the week that was

By Milo Perrin The mere sight or sound of Rishi Sunak, is of course depressing to most. The most depressing thing though about his visit to Penzance on Wednesday...

Friday’s news briefing – the daily digest of Cornwall’s headlines

General Election 2024: could Sheryll Murray lose in South East Cornwall?

By Graham Smith Until last week, most observers of UK politics would have said there were few Conservative seats in Parliament more secure than South East Cornwall. Former Cornwall...

Thursday’s news briefing – the daily digest of Cornwall’s headlines

Planners say “no” to West Cornwall pond created without permission

By Lee Trewhela A Cornwall Council committee has heard that a controversial retrospective planning application, which has been opposed by thousands of people, could lead to a “disaster” and...

Wednesday’s news briefing – the daily digest of Cornwall’s headlines

Car parking in Truro is damaging our brand, says former mayor

By Lee Trewhela A former Mayor of Truro has said the city is in a “very serious situation” of Cornwall Council’s making. Bert Biscoe is urging the local authority...

EXCLUSIVE: the curious case of how County Hall has tried to silence a critic of large solar farms – but might have simply launched the Popular Front for the Liberation of Cornwall

By Graham Smith Perranporth councillor Steve Arthur, who resigned from Cornwall Council’s Conservative group last year in protest at County Hall’s dash for large solar farms, has been sacked...

Tuesday’s news briefing – the daily digest of Cornwall’s headlines