Politics

Devon and Cornwall police issued nearly 1,000 Covid-19 fixed penalty notices in two months – and 75% were to locals

By Peter Tremayne Police have revealed how many Covid-19 fixed penalty notices they issued in Devon and Cornwall since 1st April. This weekend they have also clamped down at...

Who remembers the climate emergency? Cornwall’s public consultation about how to be carbon-neutral by 2030 has just ended, and this is what the Green Party had to say about it

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Almost un-noticed, one of the most important and far-reaching public consultation exercises ever undertaken by Cornwall Council ended last week. The Climate Change public consultation started...

Covid-19 and the democracy shutdown: Cornwall Council says no public scrutiny for two more months

By Julia Penhaligon It could be two months before Cornwall Council allows the public to resume scrutiny of its decision-making, as County Hall officials continue to reject government rules...

“We’re in the money!” Penzance in line for a multi-million pound windfall, while North and East Cornwall can only wait for crumbs

By Peter Tremayne Towns in Cornwall have been given details of the financial help they can expect for “regeneration.”  Penzance is the big winner – with almost everywhere north...

New threat to local BBC politics and current affairs programmes

By Rashleigh MacFarlane BBC local politics and current affairs programmes are again under threat, as the corporation seeks to cut a further £125 million. The award-winning Inside Out series,...

Tory claims that “most” of Cornwall’s beaches will have lifeguard cover criticised as dangerous and irresponsible

By Richard Whitehouse and Julia Penhaligon Liberal Democrat Cornwall councillors have criticised their Conservative opponents for publishing a statement which claims that lifeguards will be patrolling “most” of Cornwall’s...

EXCLUSIVE: County Hall steps in to rescue Corserv from insolvency

By Anne North Cornwall Council has stepped in with an emergency bail-out loan to rescue its own company Corserv, which was on the brink of financial collapse. The council’s...

EXCLUSIVE: Cornwall’s buses should be “80% back to normal” next week, but they won’t be free

Above: What it will look like, below, the new "socially-distant" seating layout for Cornwall's buses

Who knew what, and when? Cornwall Council and government blame each other for confusion over Covid-19 grants to the self employed

By Graham Smith Cornwall Council is calling on the government to provide more cash for small businesses, on top of last week’s £13.5 million, after expanding its criteria for...

Cornwall Council revises its criteria for Covid-19 hand-outs, after second-thoughts about self-employed workers

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Cornwall Council has been forced to do a U-turn over how it distributes “discretionary” Covid-19 grants to local businesses. County Hall has admitted its initial approach...

Two more of Cornwall’s MPs have their say about Dominic Cummings

By Graham Smith Two more of Cornwall’s MPs have broken their silence over the Dominic Cummings affair. North Cornwall’s Scott Mann, and Truro and Falmouth’s Cherilyn Mackrory, have told...

Media “hounding” of Dominic Cummings is “unacceptable in a civilised democracy” says St Austell & Newquay MP Steve Double

By Graham Smith St Austell and Newquay MP Steve Double has broken his silence about the Dominic Cummings affair, saying he has “passed on” his constituents’ concerns to the...

Dominic Cummings must go, says Cornwall’s Conservative group leader councillor Linda Taylor

By Graham Smith The Conservative group leader on Cornwall Council, councillor Linda Taylor, this morning (Wednesday) became the first senior Tory in Cornwall to call on Dominic Cummings to...

Two of Cornwall’s MP finally speak about Dominic Cummings – but don’t say very much

By Julia Penhaligon Two of Cornwall’s MPs have finally spoken publicly about the Dominic Cummings affair – the Prime Minister’s personal political advisor who helped write the Covid-19 lockdown...

Found! A Cornish Tory who is prepared to support Dominic Cummings

By Richard Whitehouse The leader of the Conservative group at Cornwall Council has said she has not had a single comment from anyone locally about the actions of Dominic...

Central government: “Don’t travel on buses unless you have to.” Cornwall Council: “Let’s make bus travel free from next Sunday.”

By Anne North Bus operators in Cornwall are reeling from the news that they have until 5pm today (Tuesday) to respond to a County Hall instruction to introduce a...

Bishop of Truro has “real and serious concern” about Boris Johnson’s defence of Dominic Cummings

By Graham Smith The Bishop of Truro has joined in the chorus of criticism aimed at Boris Johnson’s justification of aide Dominic Cummings’s flouting of the Covid-19 lockdown rules....

There is a 1st July deadline for a post-Brexit fishing deal. We cannot afford to waste any more time

By Lord Teverson Thus far the Government hasn’t acknowledged the political reality of the fisheries challenge. An exclusive deal for our fishing fleets may not be a good deal...

Details start to emerge about which schools in Cornwall will reopen next week

By Rashleigh MacFarlane One of Cornwall’s largest multi-academy trusts (MATs) has announced its schools will be re-opening next week.  The Aspire Multi Academy Trust, which runs 27 schools, will...

County Hall rumpus over discretionary Covid-19 grants

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Confusion over whether or not Cornwall’s large number of self-employed workers are eligible for the latest “discretionary” Covid-19 grants has led to a political bust-up at...