Politics

EXCLUSIVE: The 30 year secret which describes how health officials considered trying to silence one of their fiercest critics over the Camelford water poisoning disaster

By Graham Smith Senior officials at the Department of Health were so concerned about their perceived response to the Camelford water poisoning disaster of 1988 that they considered taking...

Councillors give tourists a £500,000 Tamar Bridge discount, at the expense of local residents

By Peter Tremayne Councillors have voted to delay an increase in the cash tolls to cross the Tamar Bridge, effectively handing a £500,000 subsidy to tourists, paid for by...

Government’s proposed “Bill of Rights” makes no mention of Cornish as a national minority

By Julia Penhaligon The government’s proposed Bill of Rights opens the door to a new debate about how best to protect the Cornish as a national minority. The 58-page...

Living by numbers: every Conservative MP in Cornwall must now take seriously the risk of defeat at the next general election

CLICK THE "As I Please" LINK (ABOVE) TO REGISTER AND READ THIS FREE ARTICLE By Graham Smith It’s barely an hour’s drive from Cornwall to Tiverton.  Scores of political...

Not exactly under starter’s orders: Cornwall’s Opposition parties are a long way from being ready if there is an early general election

By Graham Smith Cornwall’s political activists are eagerly awaiting the outcome of today’s (Thursday’s) Parliamentary by-election in Tiverton and Honiton, caused by the resignation of the Conservative “porn-gate” MP...

No trains west of Plymouth as strike enters Day 2

By Peter Tremayne Cornwall's rail workers are on strike again today (Thursday) as part of a national dispute over lack of investment, job cuts and pay. The industrial action...

EXCLUSIVE: No place on the airport forum for Cornwall’s transport supremo

By Peter Tremayne The new-look Newquay Airport Consultative Forum does not include the Cornwall Council cabinet member for transport, adding weight to concerns that flying aeroplanes is set to...

Labour selects Jayne Kirkham as Parliamentary candidate for Truro & Falmouth

Local councillor Jayne Kirkham was confirmed as Labour's prospective Parliamentary candidate for Truro & Falmouth last night (Wednesday.)   Councillor Kirkham was selected from a shortlist of two at a...

Truro stadium: council leader confirms that bid for government cash will not proceed

By Peter Tremayne Cornwall Council leader Linda Taylor has confirmed that County Hall is no longer seeking government Levelling Up cash to build a stadium at Truro – only...

Decision day for Labour Party to select Truro & Falmouth candidate

By Graham Smith Labour Party members from the Truro and Falmouth constituency meet this evening (Wednesday) to select their Parliamentary candidate for the next general election. They have to...

Public consultation “strongly advised” before any decision on a Mayor, says County Hall lawyer

By Graham Smith County Hall’s top lawyer has said she would advise Cornwall Council’s political leadership to undertake a formal public consultation exercise before seeking to change its governance...

Cornwall’s railways stations deserted on Day 1 of national strike

By Julia Penhaligon There are no trains running in Cornwall today because of the national rail strike. A group of pickets from the Rail, Maritime and Transport union has...

Cornwall’s housing crisis: Bill introduced to Parliament would give councils power over second homes and holiday lets

By Rashleigh MacFarlane A Labour MP has introduced a Bill into Parliament which would give councils the power to register and licence the conversion of residential properties into short-term...

Newquay Airport wants £11.5 million from the taxpayer by 2025 but refuses to say why or how it plans to spend the money

By Peter Tremayne Newquay Airport bosses’ attempts to defend the secrecy surrounding their new “consultative forum” descended into farce last night when they issued a statement saying they were...

The silence of the lambs: with Newquay Airport now in the hands of estate agents, its “consultative forum” looks set to defy government transparency guidelines and hold its meetings in secret

By Peter Tremayne Town and parish councils around Newquay Airport are furious that they have been excluded from a “consultative forum” which is supposed to provide transparency and confidence...

People’s Assembly for Cornwall set for Redruth launch on Saturday

By Graham Smith A public meeting has been called for 4pm Saturday (25th June) in Redruth to launch the People’s Assembly for Cornwall – a forum for Left-wing and...

Truro’s Bert Biscoe joins Cornwall’s Lord Lieutenancy

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Truro councillor Bert Biscoe has been appointed a Deputy Lord Lieutenant, joining a list which includes admirals, group captains, viscounts, baronets, estate agents and disc jockeys...

Cornwall contemplates a week of rail disruption – and a fuel protest aimed at blockading the Tamar Bridge

By Peter Tremayne The national rail strikes due to start on Tuesday (21st June) are expected to bring all trains in Cornwall to a complete standstill. It seems highly...

EXCLUSIVE: is this the final whistle for the Truro stadium project?

By Graham Smith Cornwall Council is preparing to scrap a government funding bid designed to build a stadium for Truro. Officials and senior councillors are frantically trying to agree...

Four months after the shooting started, only 527 Ukrainian refugees have actually arrived in Cornwall

By Peter Tremayne Only 527 Ukrainian refugees have arrived in Cornwall so far, nearly four months after the start of the Russian invasion. In March Cornwall offered to house...