Politics

New kids on the block: County Hall forced to recognise Cornwall’s newest political group

By Graham Smith Cornwall Council has been forced to recognise its latest “political” group – and allow its members a proportionate representation on committees. Councillors Dulcie Tudor, Bob Egerton...

Indy Indies are now the fourth largest group on Cornwall Council

By Graham Smith There is a potential new political group on Cornwall Council, springing from nowhere to become the fourth loudest voice at County Hall – ahead of both...

Executive recruitment in a time of Covid-19: County Hall closes in on its next chief operating officer

By Graham Smith Interviews are due to take place today (Wednesday) for Cornwall Council’s next chief operating officer, following the shock resignation of Andy Brown last year. Tracie Langley...

How to spend £14.3 million: the full list of Cornwall’s shovel-ready Covid-19 cash winners

By Graham Smith  The Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Local Enterprise Partnership has finally published details of how it plans to spend the government’s £14.3m Getting Building Fund (GBF)...

Hall for Cornwall gets £1.5 million, but there is nothing for the Truro stadium, as government reveals its “shovel-ready” Covid-19 economic recovery spending

By Anne North Cornwall’s plans to mine lithium, for use in electric car batteries, and the Hall for Cornwall, are among the main “winners” in the government’s “shovel ready,...

We, the people: Sheltered housing row forces councillors to consider constitutional change at County Hall

By Graham Smith The row over Cornwall Council’s proposal to outsource a £150 million 30-year sheltered housing scheme to a controversial national company looks set to trigger a review...

Cornwall’s sheltered housing scheme: council scrutiny committees “might as well pack up and go home”

By Graham Smith Cornwall Council’s refusal to reconsider its planned £150 million 30-year contract for the outsourced provision of sheltered housing appears to have been based on the opinion...

Those new Covid-19 rules: people from Manchester can’t meet their neighbours indoors, but they can come on holiday to Cornwall

By Richard Whitehouse People from the north of England who are now subject to new local Covid-19 restrictions are still able to come to Cornwall for a holiday, according...

Covid-19: Will Cornwall’s Local Outbreak Board have to choose between pubs and schools?

By Anne North Government scientists have told ministers they fear Covid-19 could be spreading rapidly, as the latest, official, regional “R” number for the south west is put at...

Council refuses to “think again” about controversial sheltered housing deal

By Graham Smith Cornwall Council has refused to “think again” about its proposed £150 million 30-year sheltered housing contract with the controversial Mears Group. County Hall’s top lawyer, Mel...

Cornwall “needs its own public inquiry into Covid-19”

By Graham Smith Cornwall will be letting down the families of more than 200 Covid-19 victims who have died if it fails to hold its own public inquiry into...

“I’m here to listen,” local government minister tells Cornwall Council

By Richard Whitehouse A government minister has said he will consider requests made by Cornwall Council for more funds to help businesses hit by the coronavirus crisis and for...

Labour leader’s visit to Cornwall leaves his own members “deeply offended,” according to party’s general election candidate

By Julia Penhaligon The whistle-stop visit of Labour Party leader Sir Keir Starmer to Cornwall yesterday seems to have upset quite a few people – in the Labour Party....

Local government minister visiting Cornwall today

By Peter Tremayne Local government minister Simon Clarke is visiting Cornwall today (Thursday.) He will tour Penzance, Falmouth, Newquay and Wadebridge, after meeting Cornwall Council leader Julian German. Mr...

“Who’s he? Why is he here?” Sir Keir Starmer’s day trip to Falmouth

By Richard Whitehouse Looking slightly out of place in his suit while walking along Gyllyngvase Beach, the Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer got to see how the holiday season...

“Regrets” had quite a few but those “condemns” too few to mention

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Cornwall Council has decided it does not “condemn” the government for failing to share vital Covid-19 data, but instead merely “regrets” that it was not told...

Nothing to see here – Cornwall Council rejects calls for an inquiry into its Covid-19 response

By Julia Penhaligon Cornwall councillors have rejected calls for an inquiry into how they dealt with Covid-19. The campaign group Save Our NHS wrote to this morning’s (Wednesday’s) meeting...

Are we nearly there yet? Only a week to go before Cornwall Council finally gets a permanent Chief Operating Officer

By Anne North Cornwall Council edges towards the appointment of a new, permanent Section 151 chief operating officer today when members of the Chief Officers Employment Committee meet to...

Labour Party leader Sir Keir Starmer in Falmouth today

By Anne North Labour Party leader Keir Starmer is due to visit Falmouth today (Wednesday) in a bid to raise the plight of seaside towns whose economies have been...

EXCLUSIVE: Cornwall’s proposed 30-year £150 million sheltered housing deal runs in to trouble

By Graham Smith Cornwall Council could be forced to think again about controversial plans to hire a Gloucester company to provide 750 sheltered housing units for the over-55s. A...