Launceston local news

Leisure centres should become community assets, says North Cornwall MP Scott Mann

By Julia Penhaligon North Cornwall MP Scott Mann, whose constituency includes two of the four leisure centre which Cornwall Council is considering for closure, has added his voice to...

Covid-19: South West “R” number falls to 0.8-1.2, but Newquay remains a concern

By Anne North The official Covid “R” number for the South West has fallen to 0.8-1.2, leaving room for doubt about whether the virus is increasing or decreasing. Daily...

Closure of Launceston’s Minor Injury Unit “will increase pressure on local GPs”

By Richard Whitehouse and Anne North The sudden closure of Launceston’s minor injury units will increase pressure on local GPs, the NHS Kernow Clinical Commissioning Group heard yesterday (Tuesday.)...

Launceston Minor Injury Unit closes suddenly with no explanation

By Anne North The minor injury unit at Launceston has been closed until October.  No formal announcement appears to have been made nor any reason given, although similar sudden...

Call for more walk-in Covid vaccination centres in North and South East Cornwall is “a fair challenge”

By Anne North County Hall is to explore ways of increasing Covid vaccination opportunities in North and South East Cornwall, after hearing concerns that Stithians and Wadebridge are the...

Boundary Commission proposals expected to re-ignite “Devonwall” row

By Julia Penhaligon Arguments about a “Devonwall” Parliamentary constituency look set to be revived tonight (Monday) when a new review outlines plans to redraw boundaries. Previous plans to abolish...

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...