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Adam Paynter to be the next leader of Cornwall Council, after Indies again shun Tories and clinch the deal with Liberal Democrats

19th May 2017By Graham SmithLaunceston Liberal Democrat councillor Adam Paynter will be the next leader of Cornwall Council.  He will hold the post for two years, and then hand...

Tories hope dramatic last-minute climb-down will get them seats at the cabinet table

19th May 2017By Graham Smith4.30pm FRIDAY - LIB DEMS TELL BBC THEY HAVE A DEAL WITH INDEPENDENTS - more laterThe Independent group on Cornwall Council is meeting now (Friday...

Cornwall Council chamber set for “permanent revolution” unless new leader gets at least 62 votes

18th May 2017By Graham SmithThe potential for a Cornwall Council chamber gripped by permanent chaos has been thrown sharply into focus by the publication of the rules and procedures...

Independents and Liberal Democrats edge towards a deal – job-share Council leadership to be announced tomorrow

18th May 2017By Graham SmithThe odds on Julian German becoming the next leader of Cornwall Council have shortened significantly after talks between the Independent and Liberal Democrat groups ended...

It’s all out war at County Hall, as Indies again snub Tories and seek a “business as usual” deal with Lib Dems. Julian German is again favourite to be leader

17th May 2017By Graham SmithThe on-off-on-again prospect of a Conservative-Independent administration ruling Cornwall Council is off again – this time for good.The Independents this morning (Wednesday) rejected the revised...

Cornwall Council power struggle becomes a threesome as Tories kiss-and-make-up with Independents

17th May 2017By Graham SmithThe Cornwall Council power struggle entered its 12th day this morning after a frantic 24 hours of talks which at times resembled a speed-dating convention.The...

Lib Dems set to re-enter the fray, as Tories “snatch defeat from the jaws of victory” in County Hall power struggle

16th May 2017By Graham SmithThe battle for control of Cornwall Council is set to take a dramatic turn of events this afternoon (Tuesday) when the Liberal Democrats announce that...

High Noon drama at County Hall, as Indies say “no deal” and leadership contest heads to a shoot-out

15th May 2017By Graham SmithTalks to find a new leader of Cornwall Council have again broken down.  There will now be a desperate scramble to offer cabinet posts and...

Nearly there….a deal on Cornwall Council leadership appears imminent

15th May 2017By Graham SmithIndependent members of Cornwall Council are meeting now (Monday afternoon) to consider a revised offer from the Conservative group about forming a coalition.  A letter...

Indies to be offered 4 cabinet posts and told “take it or leave it” as talks resume over Cornwall Council leadership

15th May 2017By Graham SmithTalks resume today (Monday) in a bid to establish who will lead Cornwall Council for the next four years.Favourite for the job is now Menheniot...

Phil Seeva takes over as Cornwall’s Tory group leader – and sends a message to the Independents

13th May 2017By Graham SmithThe Conservative group on Cornwall Council has replaced its leader.  John Keeling stepped down at a meeting this morning, to be replaced by Phil Seeva.Mr...

All eyes on tomorrow’s meeting as Council’s Tory group watches the Indies make their final roll of the dice

12th May 2017By Graham SmithThe future political control of Cornwall Council for the next four years could be settled at a meeting of the newly elected Conservative group tomorrow...

Crunch-time for talks to decide who runs Cornwall Council

12th May 2017By Graham SmithThe immediate political future of Cornwall Council should be settled within the next 48 hours, as the two groups most likely to feature in a...

The strange case of the vanishing MK, UKIP and Green candidates – full list of Cornwall’s general election runners & riders

11th May 2017By Graham SmithNo Mebyon Kernow, only one UKIP, and only three Green Party candidates – those are the headlines which make up the full list of Parliamentary...

New plans to build on Wadebridge football club submitted formally to council – decision due by August

11th May 2017By Graham SmithA formal planning application for 146 new houses on the site of Wadebridge Football Club has now been submitted to Cornwall Council.  The council aims...

CPS: “Not in the public interest” to bring charges after considering Conservatives’ 2015 general election accounts

10th May 2017By Graham SmithThe Crown Prosecution Service has decided not to press charges against any of those involved in the accounting of the Conservative Party’s 2015 general election...

The clock is ticking as council leaders embrace “flog it” approach to power-broking

10th May 2017By Graham SmithThe Conservatives hope to announce shortly their proposed line-up for running Cornwall Council.Having finished last week’s local council elections as Cornwall’s biggest party, the Tories,...

CPS statement at 11am this morning on 2015 Tory election accounts probe

10th May 2017By Graham SmithThe Crown Prosecution Service is set to announce at 11am this morning (Wednesday) if it will seek criminal charges against anyone in connection with the...

Cornwall’s Tories set to take charge at County Hall

5th May 2017 By Graham SmithConservatives make gains from all other partiesLib Dems suffer a "dead cat bounce" and show little sign of revival from 2015 general election drubbingLabour...

Cornwall’s Tories have reasons to be cheerful as they eye the prospect of resuming power at County Hall

5th May 2017By Graham SmithCornwall’s Conservatives appear poised to become the county’s biggest political party in terms of share of the vote, following yesterday’s local council elections.Although counting does...