Politics

St Just church bells sound the alarm for climate emergency

By Richard Whitehouse As the chorus of support for the campaign to recognise that the planet is facing a climate emergency continues to grow, a new initiative has been...

Andrew George savages the Liberal Democrats’ new Brexit policy, saying it is “a gift to the hard Right”

By Anne North Divisions within Cornwall’s Liberal Democrats, over the party’s new hard-line policy to scrap Brexit without another referendum, have widened with St Ives Parliamentary candidate Andrew George...

Bovine TB increases in Cornish cattle, despite the badger cull

By Peter Tremayne Cornwall continues to be one of the counties worst affected by bovine tuberculosis, according to new data published by the government. There were 350 new cases...

Liberal Democrats’ new plan to cancel Brexit – without a referendum – worries some activists in Cornwall

By Julia Penhaligon The Liberal Democrats’ new Brexit policy – dropping the promise of a second referendum in favour of a straightforward commitment to scrap Brexit completely – has...

“We will fight them on the beaches” – town and parish councils go to war over once-in-a-generation boundary disputes

By Graham Smith Local councils across Cornwall are preparing to do battle over which of them should survive the current Community Governance Review, with some vowing to “fight them...

Farms minister George Eustice expands badger cull to most of Cornwall

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Farms’ minister and Camborne & Redruth MP George Eustice has extended the badger cull to most of Cornwall.  It had previously been limited to North Cornwall. ...

Penzance tribute to Peter Le Mare, tireless campaigner for peace

By Peter Tremayne A special festival is planned for Penzance later this month in tribute to one of Cornwall’s most influential peace campaigners, who died in July. Peter Le...

Cornwall will face severe fuel and food shortages in only 49 days – you can now download the official Operation Yellowhammer documents

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Up to 129 European fishing vessels could enter local fishing waters in only 49 days, in the event of a No Deal Brexit, according to official...

Cornwall councillors say “no” to taking part in meetings from home – with one third of them having gone home already

By Anne North A Liberal Democrat proposal to allow councillors to take part in meetings from the comfort of their own homes was defeated by just one vote yesterday...

Back to you, council tells complainants, as deadline approaches for “sinister underbelly” apology

By Graham Smith People who felt offended by a councillors’s remark about “the sinister underbelly of Cornish nationalists” will have to pursue their complaint themselves if the councillor does...

County Hall is hiring extra staff to help cope with a No Deal Brexit

By Graham Smith Cornwall Council has hired extra staff to help deal with the impact of a “No Deal” Brexit, councillors heard this morning (Tuesday.) Council leader Julian German...

Parliamentary shut-down leaves fishing, farming and wildlife with no protection from Brexit deadline

By Graham Smith The government’s decision to shut down Parliament has come at huge expense to rural areas.  The Agriculture Bill, the Fisheries Bill and the Environment Bill were...

County Hall to consider formal recognition of a political opposition

By Anne North Cornwall Council may be about to grant formal recognition to its political “opposition” – paving the way for extra payments to some councillors. The council’s ruling...

South East Cornwall MP Sheryll Murray says “I hope so” when asked if it is acceptable for government to break the law over Brexit extension

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Why I sit in the House of Commons “naughty corner” even though I’m not quitting the Conservative Party – by Truro & Falmouth MP Sarah Newton

By Graham Smith Truro and Falmouth MP Sarah Newton has again said she has no intention of resigning the Conservative Party whip – and has explained why she continues...

Millions of pounds in “Town Deal” cash goes to the constituencies where the Tories need votes

By Rashleigh MacFarlane The government has chosen three marginal constituencies in Cornwall to spend millions of pounds in a pre-election boost called “Town Deals.” Two of the towns are...

EXCLUSIVE – Cornwall Council finds that democracy has its limits, as members of the public are to be told they cannot ask follow-up questions

By Graham Smith Cornwall councillors are bracing themselves for accusations of “shutting down democracy” when they meet on Tuesday following a change to the conventional way of answering questions...

New questions for Truro & Falmouth MP Sarah Newton, following latest cabinet resignation

By Anne North Truro and Falmouth MP Sarah Newton is coming under renewed pressure to either resign the Conservative Party whip, or to declare her loyalty to Prime Minister...

Westminster’s political paralysis means the idea of a Newquay Airport “free port” crashes before take off

By Julia Penhaligon A suggestion to turn Newquay airport into an onshore tax haven, after Brexit, has been shelved because of the continuing political uncertainty. Cornwall Council had been...

The man who started Cornwall Council quits his job in New Zealand – could Kevin Lavery be on his way back?

By Graham Smith Cornwall Council’s first chief executive, Kevin Lavery, has resigned from his job as boss of Wellington City Council in New Zealand. The news will inevitably trigger...