Politics

There is no “power vacuum” at County Hall, insists all-powerful executive

By Graham Smith The Covid-19 crisis has thrown into spectacularly sharp relief the relevance – or lack of relevance – of the 123 Cornwall councillors.  All meetings of elected...

Covid-19: Cornwall should brace for “a significant number” of extra deaths, says council leader

By Graham Smith Cornwall should expect a “significant” number of extra deaths because of the Covid-19 Coronavirus crisis, council leader Julian German warned today (Thursday.) Mr German told reporters...

Covid 19 lockdown: Everything which is not compulsory is forbidden, and everything which is not forbidden is compulsory. In Devon & Cornwall, that includes garlic bread and chewing gum

By Peter Tremayne Devon and Cornwall police appear to be stepping up their efforts to keep people indoors, at least if the tone and frequency of their Covid-19 social...

Brexit kills “Devonwall” constituency – meaning Bude and Launceston can stay in Cornwall

By Daniel Clark The government has abandoned controversial proposals to shake up MPs’ seat boundaries and which would have seen the ‘Devonwall’ seat created.  Ministers say leaving the European...

Why it is so difficult to get tested for Covid-19 – and why the government hopes it might soon get NHS staff back to work

By Graham Smith Cornwall’s medical staff are hoping they will soon have access to some of the government’s new 3.5 million "antibody” tests which should tell them if they...

Stay indoors or crackdown will get worse, and last longer, warns St Austell & Newquay MP – as police challenge people they find outside

By Anne North The St Austell and Newquay MP Steve Double has warned that the lockdown on individual movement will be “harder and longer” unless people obey the Prime...

Even Covid-19 can’t stop politics: Cornwall Council group leaders asked to agree their position on councillors who are over 70

By Graham Smith While most of Cornwall’s attention is focussed on the public health, economic and civil liberties implications of the Covid-19 Coronavirus crisis, the government’s advice about who...

Democrats Abroad – including those in Cornwall – again go for Bernie Sanders as the man to beat Donald Trump

By Graham Smith Cornwall’s American citizens appear to have contributed to an overwhelming vote for Bernie Sanders to be the Democratic Party’s candidate to challenge Donald Trump for the...

Cornwall should expect Covid-19 deaths to peak at the end of May, as council prepares for burials and cremations, scraps by-elections and gets ready for electronic voting

By Graham Smith  Deaths expected to peak towards the end of May Council is preparing additional burial and cremation capacity Cornwall Council by-election at St Mewan called off 80%...

Trial of 79-year-old Cawsand army veteran adjourned until Monday

By Rashleigh MacFarlane The trial of 79-year-old Dennis Hutchings, from Cawsand, charged in connection with the fatal shooting of a man in Northern Ireland 46 years ago, has been...

Covid-19 could derail Cornwall Council’s house-building plans, says cabinet member

By Graham Smith The Covid-19 coronavirus crisis has put a question mark over Cornwall Council’s ambition to build 1,000 new homes before May of next year. The council’s cabinet...

Government shelves “getting Brexit done” as Covid-19 means new fishing and farming trade deals are no longer the priority

By Peter Tremayne Brexit trade talks designed to bring some certainty to Cornwall’s agriculture and fishing sectors will not go ahead today as planned, due to the Covid-19 crisis....

Ten people in Cornwall now confirmed with Covid-19 coronavirus

By Graham Smith Ten people in Cornwall have now been confirmed as having the Covid-19 coronavirus.  The number has doubled in a week. Cornwall Council is going ahead with...

Anger over the government’s £3,000 Covid-19 coronavirus “budget bonus” for second home owners

By Julia Penhaligon The government is coming under fire for offering second home owners an extra £3,000 bonus as part of its anti-coronavirus emergency budget.  Critics say the additional...

Covid-19: Cornwall to get its own daily coronavirus briefing, as Whitehall retreats, accepting that its highly-centralised “message control” isn’t working

By Graham Smith Cornwall Council leader Julian German is today (Tuesday) planning to start a daily Covid-19 briefing to update councillors and members of the public about what County...

Cornwall Council ponders the prospect of inquorate meetings because of Covid-19

By Julia Penhaligon Cornwall Council is coming under pressure to make alternative arrangements for those of its members who are over the age of 70 and who could be...

EXCLUSIVE: Jackie Pendleton to leave NHS Kernow, as Cornwall Council strengthens its grip on local healthcare

By Graham Smith As the Covid-19 coronavirus crisis gathers pace, Cornwall’s National Health Service is about to undergo a major managerial restructure – with a senior Cornwall Council boss...

Covid-19 puts paid to £50,000 Euro conference which council had planned to host at Newquay

By Richard Whitehouse Cornwall Council has had to cancel an international conference that it was set to host and had spent £50,000 on organising, due to coronavirus. The council...

Newquay Aerohub Enterprise Zone cost Cornwall’s council taxpayers more than £200,000 last year

By Peter Tremayne Cornwall Council wrote off more than £200,000 in business rates at the Newquay Aerohub Enterprise Zone last year, according to new figures. A County Hall report...

Cornwall Council and Corserv – not as connected as you might expect for a wholly-owned company

By Richard Whitehouse Cornwall Councillors have questioned why the council’s own companies have opted out of using a new IT system which has overspent by more than £3 million. Cornwall...