Author: theboss

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...

More sheep and pigs than ever before at Royal Cornwall Show next month

4th May 2017By Graham SmithA dramatic rise in entries in 2017 has produced a record field for the competitive sheep and pig sections at the Royal Cornwall Show on...

Tories pledge to revive Camelford by-pass proposals if they win elections

3rd May 2017By Graham SmithTransport Secretary Chris Grayling has promised to give “serious consideration” to a Camelford by-pass, if the Tories win both the Cornwall Council and general elections.Talk...

Padstow and Port Isaac both in line to claim country’s “top chef” prize

3rd May 2017By Graham SmithTwo North Cornwall restaurants have been shortlisted for the Catey Awards, the hospitality industry equivalent of the Oscars.  The news confirms the area’s reputation for...

Cornwall’s pubs help consolidate local services to keep community facilities alive

2nd May 2017By Louis MorseMore than twenty pubs close across the UK each week. Almost 70 have closed in Cornwall alone over the past decade, according to CAMRA (The...

Theresa May’s election visit draws unflattering comparisons with “North Korea” style media control

2nd May 2017By Graham SmithPrime Minister Theresa May’s campaign visit to Cornwall today (Tuesday) is generating unflattering headlines as local media find the tight control surrounding her visit is...