Politics

Planning chief Phil Mason confirmed as County Hall’s new Strategic Director for Economic Growth

20th September 2018 By Graham Smith Cornwall Council's chief planning officer, Phil Mason, was yesterday (Wednesday) confirmed as the authority's new Strategic Director for Economic Growth and Development, replacing...

“Give us the tools and we’ll finish the job” – the idea of a Cornwall Labour Party grabs the limelight as activists head for Liverpool

17th September 2018 By Rashleigh MacFarlane Next week’s Labour Party conference is due to see what is thought to be the first-ever attempt to create a formal Cornwall Labour...

Cath Robinson confirmed in the top job at Corserv

16th September 2018 By Rashleigh MacFarlane Cath Robinson has been confirmed as the permanent group managing director of Corserv, the group of companies wholly-owned by Cornwall Council, following a...

EXCLUSIVE: How Whitehall has been secretly pulling the strings that have closed Cornwall’s hospitals

16th September 2018 By Graham Smith Plans to close Cornwall’s Minor Injury Units and sell some community hospitals have been developed by a little-known company, owned by the Department...

Is the glass half-full or two-thirds empty? Cornwall Council marks its own homework, and scores C-minus

14th September By Graham Smith Cornwall Council’s overall performance is failing to meet more than 40% of its targets, according to a yardstick set by the ruling Liberal Democrat-Independent...

EXCLUSIVE: Cornwall Council grants more than £400,000 in tax breaks to private schools

14th September 2018 By Graham Smith Cornwall Council is awarding business rates’ relief worth hundreds of thousands of pounds to private schools.  All eight private schools in Cornwall are...

Labour calls for inquiry into Cornwall-based Multi-Academy Trust

13th September 2018 By Rashleigh MacFarlane The Labour Party is calling for an “urgent and independent inquiry” into how multi-academy trusts are regulated, following Monday’s BBC Panorama investigation into...

Cornwall Council votes 60-25 to reject merger with Dorset police

13th September 2018 By Richard Whitehouse Cornwall Council has voted 60 – 25 to oppose a merger between Devon and Cornwall police and those of Dorset. A debate at...

Cornwall Council by-elections result in two additional committee seats for Tories

11th September 2018 By Rashleigh MacFarlane The Conservatives have gained an additional two committee seats on Cornwall Council, following their recent by-election victory in Newquay. New councillor Mark Formosa...

Cornwall Council set to reject idea of police merger with Dorset

10th September 2018 By Richard Whitehouse Councillors are set to again raise concerns about plans to merge policing in Cornwall and Devon with Dorset. A motion will go before...

Devonwall constituency back in the news as government contemplates boundary shake-up

10th September 2018 By Richard Whitehouse and Julia Penhaligon Cornwall councillors will again be asked to oppose plans which could see an MP having to represent people in Cornwall...

Extreme Right-wing activism on the rise in Cornwall, expert tells councillors

9th September 2018 By Richard Whitehouse The number of people joining extreme right wing groups and sharing their views is on the rise in Cornwall. In Cornwall 25,500 education...

John Betty moved from Strategic Director post at County Hall, as planning chief Phil Mason takes over

5th September 2018 By Graham Smith The senior official who masterminded Cornwall Council’s £78,000 trip to the south of France earlier this year is being moved from his job....

How Cornwall Council could save nearly £12,000 without really trying (and find the money for school bus passes in Delabole)

4th September 2018 By Graham Smith Cornwall Council officials and the authority’s ruling Liberal Democrat-Independent administration are fighting a rearguard action to save their Strategic Planning Committee, which has...

Bid to scrap Cornwall Council’s strategic planning committee?

30th August 2018 By Julia Penhaligon Rumours are circulating at County Hall of a bid to scrap Cornwall Council’s strategic planning committee, on the grounds that it has insufficient...

Cornwall’s Devolution Deal – it’s all going frightfully well, isn’t it? Happiness is up by 2% (but don’t talk about the spaceport)

28th August 2018 By Graham Smith The success of Cornwall’s “Devolution Deal” is difficult to measure, according to the Cornwall Council officials charged with implementing it. While the 2015...

Cornwall gets its first cannabis club

27th August 2018 By Anne North Cornwall’s first cannabis club has held its inaugural Annual General Meeting.  Campaigners who want a change in the law, to decriminalise the use...

Cornwall Chamber of Commerce to host Brexit conference

27th August 2018 By Rashleigh MacFarlane Cornwall’s future outside of the European Union is to be the subject of a special Chamber of Commerce conference next month. The conference,...

Lib Dems bounce back in Bude

24th August 2018 By Anne North The Liberal Democrats are celebrating a convincing Cornwall Council by-election victory at Bude, after holding the seat with more than 53% of the...

Polling day in Bude by-election

23rd August 2018 By Julia Penhaligon Voters go to the polls in Bude today (Thursday) in a Cornwall Council by-election. Four candidates are contesting the vacancy caused by the...