Politics

January 2014: When five Cornwall MPs voted for Theresa May’s “hostile environment” for migrants

19th April 2018 By Graham Smith Five of Cornwall’s MPs voted in favour of the 2014 Immigration Act, which implemented the controversial “hostile environment” which has now resulted in...

The official voting record: how your councillor decided for or against the Truro stadium (and the seven who abstained)

19th April 2018 By Julia Penhaligon Seven Cornwall councillors abstained on the Truro stadium vote, an analysis of the official voting record reveals. The seven councillors, who each receive...

Cornwall’s secondary school pupils face cut-per-head lottery under new funding formula, as class sizes start to increase

19th April 2018 By Peter Tremayne The cash spent on Cornwall’s secondary school pupils is hundreds of pounds less than needed, according to an analysis of official Department for...

There was no need to consult cabinet before sending six to £47,000 south of France “champagne” conference, says council’s deputy leader

18th April 2018 By Graham Smith There was no need for Cornwall Council’s cabinet to be consulted before sending a six-member party to the south of France for a...

“But we got more votes than you,” say Cornwall’s Conservatives, as Lib Dems shut the Tories out of power

16th April 2018 By Anne North While most attention at tomorrow’s Cornwall Council meeting will be focussed on the debate about a stadium for Truro, a separate issue has...

Cornwall’s MPs back the bombing, as chemical weapons inspectors continue their search for evidence

16th April 2018 By Peter Tremayne Protestors against Britain’s bombing of Syria are planning to lobby Parliament today (Monday) with Cornwall’s six Conservative MPs likely to defend the government’s...

Pro-EU campaigners win backing in Falmouth

15th April 2018 By Julia Penhaligon Campaigners who want Britain to remain in the European Union’s Single Market and Customs Union have been leafletting in Falmouth. The Cornwall For...

Champagne-gate: the 50-page FOI answer that simply poses more questions about that council trip to the south of France

12th April 2018 By Graham Smith Cornwall Council has published a remarkable 50-page Freedom of Information answer in a bid to draw a line under last month’s six-person, four-day...

Council leader approved Cannes trip in November

11th April 2018 By Graham Smith Cornwall Council's Liberal Democrat leader, Adam Paynter, knew about and approved his officials'ambition to visit a property conference in the south of France...

EXCLUSIVE – Cornwall Council DID spend £70,000 on four-day trip to south of France

10th April 2018 By Graham Smith Cornwall Council cabinet members have confirmed that the authority DID spend £70,000 on sending six people to the south of France for four...

Cornwall Council’s trip to Cannes – did it really cost £70,000?

9th April 2018 By Graham Smith Cornwall Council is coming under pressure to publish an invoice which suggests that the true cost of its six-member expedition to the south...

Truro protest at Gaza killings

8th April 2017 By Peter Tremayne Protestors handed out leaflets in Truro yesterday (Saturday) to draw attention to the continuing human rights abuses in Gaza, where nine people, including...

Treasury officials “stimulated” by Cornwall’s DIY health service ideas

5th April 2018 By Graham Smith Senior civil servants have signalled their support for Cornwall taking more control over the health service, according to a report due to be...

Fabian Society advises Labour to focus on housing and the economy in Cornwall target seats

5th April 2018 By Anne North The Labour Party can improve its electoral prospects in rural areas by embracing policies which encourage small farms, restore branch railway lines and...

New pro-EU political party selects its first candidate in Cornwall

4th April 2018 By Julia Penhaligon Britain’s newest political party has selected its first candidate in Cornwall. The “Renew” party, founded to campaign for Britain to remain a member...

Auditors will be asked to probe Cornwall Council’s trip to the South of France – was it value for money?

4th April 2018 By Graham Smith Accountants Grant Thornton are being urged to investigate Cornwall Council’s £47,000 trip to the South of France, and determine if the four-day attendance...

Cornwall was the biggest spender at South of France “jolly” – spending even more than Homes England

2nd April 2018 By Graham Smith The row over Cornwall Council’s £47,000 “jolly” to the South of France looks set to continue this week following a new revelation showing...

Cornwall Council’s £47,000 “jolly” to South of France questioned in Parliament

29th March 2018 By Graham Smith The Newquay & St Austell MP, Steve Double, has again questioned Cornwall Council's £47,000 trip to the South of France for a property...

Funeral set for former UKIP leader Stephanie McWilliam

29th March 2018 By Graham Smith The former leader of UKIP at Cornwall Council, Stephanie McWilliam, has died.  She was 68. Mrs McWilliam, of Pensilva, was elected to the...

End of an era as Cornwall Council pursues a new plan to defend its reputation

29th March 2018 By Julia Penhaligon A generation of spin and subterfuge comes to an end today (Thursday) when Cornwall Council’s communications manager leaves the authority to set up...