Politics

Tories pick Cherilyn MackRory as candidate for Truro & Falmouth

By Graham Smith Cornwall councillor Cherilyn Mackrory has been selected as the Conservative’s general election candidate for Truro and Falmouth, following the decision of former MP Sarah Newton to...

Independents gain Wadebridge West in Cornwall Council by-election

By Graham Smith Independent candidate and former local police sergeant Robin Moorcroft won the Wadebridge by-election to take a vacant seat on Cornwall Council. Mr Moorcroft, also a prominent...

Greens stand down in North Cornwall, as part of a national deal to help save their party leader

By Julia Penhaligon The Green Party has withdrawn its general election candidate from the North Cornwall constituency, as part of a nationwide deal with the Liberal Democrats designed to...

Cornwall’s dustbin AND recycling collections will both be fortnightly, as row looms over bungled waste contract

By Julia Penhaligon Cornwall’s dustbins AND recycling waste collections will both become fortnightly next year, in a major retreat on the original promise to make recycling collections weekly. Cornwall...

Cornwall’s children’s services rated “outstanding”

By Anne North Ofsted has rated Cornwall’s children’s services as “outstanding” – putting County Hall in the top 10% of local councils in the country.  Cornwall is the only...

Cornwall Council promises to “lead the way” with climate-friendly houses on its Truro New Town project

By Peter Tremayne Cornwall Council hopes to “lead the way” with climate-friendly property development, a special briefing for councillors has been told. Planning officials told councillors that the full...

Truro City Council told to stop its “aggressive” takeover of rural neighbour

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Parish councillors to the west of Truro appear to have won the opening skirmish in their who-does-what battle with Truro City Council. The governance review, which...

Brexit Party candidates could cost Tories at least two seats in Cornwall

By Graham Smith The threat by Nigel Farage to field a Brexit Party candidate in every constituency at the 12th December general election could have an impact on results...

Cornwall councillors and staff “should pay to park at County Hall”

By Richard Whitehouse A councillor has suggested that staff and councillors at Cornwall Council should be charged to park at the authority’s offices. Labour councillor Cornelius Olivier made the...

Truro & Falmouth Tories hope to have their candidate next week

By Graham Smith Cornwall’s Conservatives hope to have a candidate for the Truro and Falmouth constituency by the end of next week.  Several Cornwall councillors have put themselves forward,...

Cornwall Council says its trip to Sicily cost taxpayers £1,625 and was necessary to maintain “invaluable” membership of think-tank

By Graham Smith Cornwall Council’s three-day trip to Sicily, to read out a report about the loss of European funding after Brexit, cost taxpayers £1,625. County Hall has confirmed...

Mebyon Kernow confirms it will contest only one Cornish constituency at general election

By Graham Smith Mebyon Kernow has confirmed that it will field only one candidate in the 12th December general election. Party leader Dick Cole, a Cornwall councillor and a...

Greens and Brexit Party hold the keys to December’s general election result in Cornwall

By Graham Smith The key to the outcome of the 12th December general election could rest with two political parties which will probably not win one single MP in...

Richard Branson finally manages to launch something – an online petition, calling on Cornwall Council to scrap its spaceport and spend the money on essential projects and services instead

By Julia Penhaligon Plans to build Spaceport Cornwall, at a cost to taxpayers of £20 million, have run into a space-age problem – the online petition. Launched only a...

Why it was really, really important that Cornwall Council flew 4,000 miles to Sicily and back for a conference which very few have heard of

By Graham Smith Cornwall Council’s enthusiasm to “fly the flag” is often taken literally, as County Hall leader Julian German returns from a three-day trip to Sicily, ancestral home...

Sarah Newton quits

By Graham Smith Truro and Falmouth MP Sarah Newton is to step down at the general election, now widely expected to be before Christmas. Mrs Newton was first elected...

Cornwall spending more on climate change than any other council

By Daniel Clark Devon and Cornwall councils have committed more cash than any other council towards tackling climate change. An investigation carried out by environmental journalism website DeSmog UK showed that...

Government offers English fishing sector £15 million to help soften the ending of European Union funds

By Peter Tremayne Cornwall’s fishing fleet is being urged to apply for a slice of a new £15 million fund designed to help soften the impact of Brexit. The...

EXCLUSIVE SPACEPORT UPDATE: Cornwall’s nature lovers cool their ardour, as Branson now says he wants to go to Mars

By Graham Smith The Cornwall & Isles of Scilly Local Nature Partnership (LNP) has significantly backtracked on its alleged support for a Newquay spaceport.  The LNP is an umbrella...

Key dates to watch out for at County Hall

By Richard Whitehouse Decisions on spaceport funding, waste contracts, Langarth Garden Village and budget plans are all looming large for Cornwall Council before the year ends. There will be...