Author: theboss

When the hurlyburly’s done: reflections on the Callington election hustings

6th June 2017By Kate ClarkOn Saturday, I went to the only hustings Sheryll Murray had agreed to attend, in Callington.I knew she had already refused to attend two such...

Latest YouGov poll says Lib Dems can win St Ives and North Cornwall, with Labour challenging in Camborne & Redruth, and in Truro & Falmouth

6th June 2017By Graham SmithThe latest YouGov poll for individual Cornish constituencies suggests significant movement during the final few days of the general election campaign, with the Tory lead...

Revealed: the Independent members of Cornwall Council’s new cabinet

4th June 2017By Graham SmithThe five Independent members of Cornwall Council’s next cabinet have been identified.  They are Julian German, Sally Hawken, Mike Eathorne-Gibbons, Bob Egerton and former group...

Cornwall Council cabinet starts to take shape, but no announcements until Wednesday

4th June 2017By Graham SmithThe new Cornwall Council cabinet line-up is due to be unveiled on Wednesday, after Liberal Democrat and Independent group leaders put the finishing touches to...

“Strong and stable” and “magic money tree” produce more jeers than cheers at Callington

4th June 2017By Graham SmithCallington Town Forum's general election hustings yesterday (Saturday) produced some lively exchanges, with the contribution from Conservative candidate (and defending MP) Sheryll Murray leading to a...

YouGov tips Tories to win every seat in Cornwall – but has Labour in second place in half of them

3rd June 2017By Graham SmithNew polling data, specific to Cornwall’s six Parliamentary constituencies, suggest the Conservatives are on course to hold every seat in Thursday’s general election.But the YouGov...

The article which cost a local newspaper its Tory advertising

2nd June 2017By Graham SmithQuestions about the Conservatives’ spending power in the run-up to the General Election have been given fresh impetus because of the reasons given by the...

Local newspapers irk their readers by taking cash from Tories

1st June 2017By Graham SmithThe group of Cornish newspapers taken over by Trinity Mirror two years ago has walked into a political storm by selling a four-page wraparound advert...

Legal threat to Isles of Scilly helicopter service sparks online fury, as 1,700 sign petition in less than 24 hours

1st June 2017By Graham SmithPeople who need to travel between Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly have started a petition calling on the Isles of Scilly Steamship Company to...

Police investigated “hate crime” Tweets of Truro Tory councillor

1st June 2017By Peter TremaynePolice have confirmed that they investigated the social media activities of a Truro Conservative councillor, who re-Tweeted anti-Islamic remarks.Tory councillor Jan Allen, who was elected...

Cornwall’s NHS bosses hold secret meeting to discuss £61 million shortfall – because it’s too controversial to talk about it during an election campaign

31st May 2017By Graham SmithA political storm is brewing over the decision of Cornwall’s NHS bosses to hold a meeting in secret rather than admit publicly that they need...

Jubilee Pool to re-open on Saturday

31st may 2017The Jubilee Pool, Penzance, will re-open on Saturday – a week later than originally scheduled.Martin Nixon, chair of the local community group which took over responsibility for...

Man dies after 4-vehicle crash on A39 at Playing Place, Truro

28th May 2017A local man in his 80s has died after a four-vehicle collision on the A39 between Kea Corner and Playing Place, Truro.  The accident happened on Friday...

Electoral Calculus forecasts Tory joy throughout Cornwall

28th May 2017By Graham SmithA respected polling website is forecasting that the Conservatives will comfortably hold all six Cornish constituencies when voters go to the polls in the 8th...

IPCC investigates death of Falmouth man shot with Taser

27th May 2017By Rashleigh MacFarlaneThe Independent Police Complaints Commission has launched an investigation into the death of 30-year-old Marc Cole, a painter and decorator from Falmouth, who died after...

Poverty pay storm brewing at Cornwall’s leisure centres, as new service provider proposes less than the Living Wage

25th May 2017By Graham SmithHundreds of workers at Cornwall’s leisure centres fear they will be made to bear the cost of the new 25-year service contract recently agreed by...

Adam Paynter is new leader of Cornwall Council, in another Liberal Democrat-Independent coalition

23rd May 2017By Graham SmithLaunceston Liberal Democrat councillor Adam Paynter became leader of Cornwall Council this morning (Tuesday), defeating Conservative Phil Seeva by 70 votes to 44 with one...

Boris Johnson on the general election campaign trail in Cornwall

23rd May 2017By Rashleigh MacFarlaneBoris Johnson spent yesterday (Monday) campaigning in Cornwall, supporting St Ives Conservative Derek Thomas in the morning and North Cornwall's Scott Mann in the afternoon.In...

The 15 swing seats which could have propelled Cornwall’s Conservatives to power

22nd May 2017By Graham SmithAs Cornwall’s Conservatives begin their post mortem into council elections which saw them get more votes, and more seats, than any other party – yet...

Police name woman who died when her car went into Stithians lake

20th May 2017Police have named the woman who died when her car crashed and ended up in Stithians Lake, Carnmenellis, near Redruth on Tuesday night last week.Hazel Brown, 29,...