Politics

Cornwall councillors challenged to fund free school meals during holidays

By Graham Smith Cornwall Council is coming under pressure to fund a free school meals service during holidays, after several leading councillors criticised the county’s six MPs for voting...

Don’t come to Cornwall from Covid-19 lockdown areas, urges council (but please don’t ask about our new flights from Manchester)

By Peter Tremayne Cornwall Council has backed calls from tourism industry leaders to stop holidaymakers heading to Cornwall from any ‘Tier 3’ lockdown areas. But a council statement released...

All six of Cornwall’s MPs vote against extending free school meals to holidays during Covid-19

By Julia Penhaligon All six of Cornwall’s MPs yesterday (Wednesday) voted against providing free school meals to children at risk of going hungry. Sheryll Murray, Scott Mann, Steve Double,...

Don’t bet on County Hall elections actually happening, warns councillor

By Richard Whitehouse and Julia Penhaligon Despite 222,000 deaths from Covid-19, the United States is due to elect a new President in only 12 days.  This has not stopped...

Councillors agree to change the rules, putting limits on what a single officer can define as “reasonable”

By Richard Whitehouse and Julia Penhaligon A constitutional wrangle over whether a single council official should have the responsibility to define “reasonable” might be heading for resolution, after councillors...

Flights from Manchester to Newquay will resume on Friday, despite Tier-3 Covid lockdown in the north

By Peter Tremayne Eastern Airways has confirmed that its flights from Covid-19 hotspot Manchester will resume on Friday as scheduled, despite the city moving into Tier 3 lockdown at...

Leisure centre price increases are nothing to do with us, says council

By Richard Whitehouse Cornwall Council has said that a decision to hike the cost of pool hire for swimming clubs is a matter for leisure centre operators after being...

Councillors vote 9-4 against “The Cornwall We Want” saying it is the Cornwall we vote for that matters

By Julia Penhaligon Cornwall councillors have rejected a series of reports based on one of the largest “listening” exercises ever undertaken by County Hall because they feared that County...

Cornwall Council launches new campaign to maintain its own European Union links beyond the end of the year

By Graham Smith Cornwall Council is seeking to put itself at the forefront of a new campaign aimed at maintaining links with the European Union , once the post-Brexit...

Cornwall just got much closer to a complete Covid-19 lockdown (as the crow flies)

By Anne North Cornwall is now fewer than 60 miles away from a complete Covid-19 lockdown.  The distance between Morwenstow, near the Cornwall-Devon border, and Swansea, is just under...

Covid-19 and Newquay Airport – arrivals from Alicante (99 cases per 100,000) quarantine for 14 days; arrivals from Manchester (582 cases per 100,000) no quarantine

By Peter Tremayne People from Covid-19 hotspot Manchester are due to arrive at Newquay airport on Friday (23rd October) as a new service run by Eastern Airways swings into...

We don’t want a “circuit-break” – Cornwall’s MPs tell Labour leader

By Julia Penhaligon Four of Cornwall’s MPs have written to the Labour Party leader, Sir Keir Starmer, to protest against the idea of a national Covid-19 lockdown. Scott Mann,...

Why we voted against the National Farmers Union on the Agriculture Bill – Cornwall’s MPs put their case

By Richard Whitehouse Some of Cornwall’s MPs have explained why they voted against an amendment to an Agriculture Bill which critics say would have protected food standards in the...

County Hall planning crackdown on rogue landlords

By Richard Whitehouse Cornwall councillors have backed calls for a new licensing system to crack down on rogue landlords – but also say that more needs to be done...

St Ives MP Derek Thomas rebels against government over 10pm pub curfew

By Richard Whitehouse A Cornish MP has said that the 10pm curfew imposed on pubs and restaurants in a bid to reduce the spread of coronavirus “makes no sense.”...

Amazing! Cornwall is cluster-free of Covid-19, thanks to the attractive new green map

By Anne North Government spin doctors have found a convenient solution to distressing images of local cluster maps which they feared were alarming local residents about the spread of...

Fee increases for people who use Cornwall’s leisure centres “would be appropriate” – says the councillor in charge

By Peter Tremayne Sports groups which use Cornwall’s leisure centres are preparing for a campaign against steep increases in charges, after County Hall indicated it would not intervene to...

Stampede for the door after Cornwall Council invites “voluntary” redundancies: 600 ask to go

By Richard Whitehouse Cornwall Council bosses are having to work out which staff they want to keep after three times the number of people they wanted to make redundant...

Cornwall’s Lib Dems suffer 9-6 defeat on pro-tourism economic report

By Julia Penhaligon Cornwall’s Liberal Democrats suffered a 9-6 defeat yesterday (Tuesday) when they tried to endorse a pro-tourism report at a meeting called to consider the county’s economic...

Covid-19: Cornwall’s cluster map is not as bad as it looks

By Anne North Another 25 Covid-19 cases have been added to Cornwall’s total this afternoon (Tuesday), bringing the total for the past seven days to 188. Much of Cornwall’s...