Launceston local news

Keep politics out of politics, says Cornwall Council deputy leader

By Julia Penhaligon An election leaflet distributed by Cornwall Council’s deputy leader Adam Paynter is raising eyebrows in some parts of North Cornwall, as the former Liberal Democrat councillor...

All in one place: the full list of the Cornwall Council candidates

By Julia Penhaligon A total of 374 candidates have entered the contest to elect a new Cornwall Council on 6th May. The tally of candidates by party, or description...

Email-gate: Cornwall’s Independent group leader urges backing for Adam Paynter, ahead of next week’s confidence vote in council leader

By Julia Penhaligon The “email-gate” scandal which has plunged Cornwall’s Liberal Democrats into crisis has taken a new twist today (Thursday) after the leader of County Hall’s Independent group...

Two Cornwall councillors quit Liberal Democrat group

By Julia Penhaligon Cornwall’s Liberal Democrats appear to have suffered two defections, ahead of next week’s County Hall “vote of confidence” in council leader Julian German. Launceston’s Jade Farrington...

All of Cornwall’s leisure centres will reopen on Monday 12th April

By Rashleigh MacFarlane All 12 of Cornwall Council’s leisure centres are to reopen on 12th April, despite the continuing financial difficulties of the private management company GLL. Saltash, St...

Email-gate: I am a Liberal Democrat, but will stand for election as an Independent, says Adam Paynter

By Richard Whitehouse The Deputy Leader of Cornwall Council has spoken out in response to the Liberal Democrats suspending him from the party after he shared a confidential email...

Former MP Dan Rogerson to seek election to Cornwall Council in Launceston

By Julia Penhaligon Former North Cornwall MP Dan Rogerson is to seek election to Cornwall Council. Mr Rogerson, who lives in Bodmin, is taking his considerable campaign experience to...

Email-gate: Adam Paynter is definitely still a Liberal Democrat, at least for now, says the Local Government Association

By Julia Penhaligon Launceston councillor Adam Paynter is back in the Liberal Democrats, only three weeks after resigning all party positions and joining the Independent group at County Hall....

EXCLUSIVE: In, out, shaken all about – is Cornwall’s Adam Paynter on his way back to the Liberal Democrats?

By Julia Penhaligon The Independent group of councillors at Cornwall Council has been thrown into more confusion this morning (Thursday) by news that Launceston’s Adam Paynter could be on...

Elections 2021: North Cornwall Liberal Democrats offering social media platform to Independent candidate Adam Paynter

By Julia Penhaligon The former Liberal Democrat leader of Devon County Council has given his backing to Launceston councillor Adam Paynter, who is planning to contest the 6th May...

Elections 2021: Cornwall’s Liberal Democrats squabble over who can use the party’s logo

By Julia Penhaligon A tug-of-war has broken out over the potential use of the Liberal Democrats’ official name and logo, as party officials continue to ponder whether they will...

Tough questions ahead for County Hall, as leisure centres remain closed until the middle of the election campaign

By Rashleigh MacFarlane The future of Cornwall’s leisure centres is likely to be questioned again tomorrow (Tuesday) when councillors consider the latest update from the Cornwall Council cabinet member...

You didn’t get it from me!! The exclusive, inside story of the Cornwall Liberal Democrats’ “email-gate,” and how it caused the downfall of their national treasure

By Graham Smith “You didn’t get it from me!”  These words, prefacing the deliberate leak of a confidential email, are the main cause of a major crisis for Cornwall’s...

A story of bullying and breach of trust: why the Liberal Democrats had to get rid of Adam Paynter

By Richard Whitehouse and Julia Penhaligon All political eyes in Cornwall have suddenly turned to a small branch of the Liberal Democrats in North Cornwall, asking if local activists...

EXCLUSIVE: Cornwall’s Liberal Democrats told they need a new group leader as the national party dumps Adam Paynter

By Graham Smith The Liberal Democrats appear poised to jettison their leader in Cornwall, Launceston councillor Adam Payntor, just weeks before the local council elections. For more than a...

Budget boost for Okehampton rail link could benefit North Cornwall

By Rashleigh MacFarlane North Cornwall MP Scott Mann has welcomed yesterday’s (Wednesday’s) budget support for improved rail services between Exeter and Okehampton. Regular services were withdrawn in 1972 but...

Constable jailed for having sex with crime victim in Launceston police station

By Peter Tremayne A Devon and Cornwall police officer has been jailed for 10 months for having sex with a crime victim in Launceston police station’s disabled toilet. PC...

Major expansion plans at Launceston College

By Richard Whitehouse A secondary school has revealed new plans for an extension which will increase capacity and add new facilities. Launceston College has launched consultation on the plans...

Reopening Cornwall’s branch railway lines: plenty of ideas, but no money for infrastructure

By Daniel Clark A £500 million government fund to study the prospect of reopening old railways lines in Cornwall has now been open for more than a year –...

“We’ll consider a wide range of business models,” says council, as consultants look at the future of Cornwall’s leisure centres

By Julia Penhaligon Consultants hired to investigate the future of Cornwall’s leisure centres have been asked to consider a wide range of potential business models, according to County Hall’s...