Politics

We have not flip-flopped on major housing projects, say Cornwall’s Tories

By Julia Penhaligon Cornwall’s Conservative councillors had never been “whipped” to oppose major capital projects such as Truro’s Pydar redevelopment scheme, or the Langarth “New Town,” County Hall heard...

Carry on trail hunting: Cornwall Council to take no action on 10,000+ petition calling for a ban

By Julia Penhaligon Cornwall Council is to continue allowing fox hounds to take part in “trail hunts” across more than 23,000 acres of publicly-owned land. A meeting of the...

Cornwall’s Tories about to throw in the towel on paying Covid grants to second home owners

By Graham Smith Cornwall’s Conservatives are on the brink of paying Covid grants to second home owners, after lawyers warned cabinet members that they could be personally liable if...

All six of Cornwall’s MPs back compulsory voter ID

By Julia Penhaligon All six of Cornwall’s MPs backed the controversial Elections Bill as it cleared its final hurdle in the House of Commons last night (Monday.)  The new...

County Hall prepares to mark the third anniversary of its climate emergency – with another demonstration protesting the lack of progress

By Julia Penhaligon Climate change protestors plan to return to County Hall tomorrow (Tuesday) for a colourful demonstration to mark the third anniversary of Cornwall Council’s declaration of a...

Cornwall’s Opposition parties frustrated by delays in selecting general election candidates

By Julia Penhaligon The selection of Parliamentary candidates to challenge any of Cornwall’s six Conservative MPs is being delayed by national party priorities. Labour Party bureaucrats are determined to...

Can two of Cornwall’s MPs save “Big Dog” Boris Johnson?

By Graham Smith Boris Johnson’s chances of surviving the week as Prime Minister rest, to some extent, on two of Cornwall’s MPs who have been given the job of...

Cornwall’s political parties take sides over how to define a second home

By Richard Whitehouse A government move to close a tax loophole exploited by some second homeowners in Cornwall has been welcomed but councillors say more should be done.  What...

Partygate reaches the far West of Cornwall: Conservative candidate finishes bottom of the poll in St Just

By Julia Penhaligon The Conservative candidate finished bottom of the poll in a St Just Town Council by-election yesterday (Thursday.) Alison Thomas bravely stood under the official party banner,...

EXCLUSIVE: So long, and thanks for all the fish – France and Cornwall will not pursue the idea of a direct trade deal

By Graham Smith Cornwall Council is to abandon the idea of direct trade links with France. The suggestion came out of talks between the Mayor of Brittany and the...

Government statement should help Cornwall Council tell the difference between a second home and a holiday let

By Richard Whitehouse and Julia Penhaligon The government’s claim to be “cracking down” on second homes in Cornwall is at the centre of a political row over the way...

Council leader should rule on whether or not to ban trail hunting, say County Hall officials

By Julia Penhaligon County Hall officials have said that Cornwall Council leader, councillor Linda Taylor, should decide whether or not to ban trail hunting on council-owned land. Although trail...

Why Boris Johnson is lucky that Devon & Cornwall police were not in charge of Downing Street in May 2020

By Peter Tremayne Devon and Cornwall police issued nearly 1,000 fixed penalty notices for breaches of the Covid rules during the period that Boris Johnson was hosting lockdown-busting booze...

Cornwall’s MPs say “wait and see” as Prime Minister’s future hangs by a thread

By Julia Penhaligon None of Cornwall’s six Conservative MPs has, so far, called on Boris Johnson to resign.  Their position is in stark contrast to Tory Members of the...

The first of 76 unaccompanied child refugees have arrived in Cornwall

By Rashleigh MacFarlane The first of Cornwall’s allocation of unaccompanied child refugees has already arrived, County Hall has confirmed. There are no details of where the children are being...

“Kill The Bill” protest planned for Camborne on Saturday

By Graham Smith Demonstrators are planning to assemble outside the office of Camborne and Redruth MP George Eustice on Saturday (15th January) to protest against the Police, Crime, Sentencing...

Cornwall Council takes the axe to its budget: planning services “on a knife edge”

By Richard Whitehouse Senior officers at Cornwall Council have expressed their concerns about the authority’s latest budget plans. The council is currently scrutinising the budget for the next financial...

Partygate: half of Cornwall’s MPs would lose their seats in Parliament if Boris Johnson remains as Prime Minister, according to YouGov

By Julia Penhaligon While all of Cornwall’s six Conservative MPs have said they are content to wait for the report of the official inquiry into Boris Johnson’s lockdown-busting “bring...

Boris Johnson “should consider his position” if reports of lockdown-busting booze parties in Downing Street are proven, says St Ives MP

By Julia Penhaligon Cornwall’s Conservatives are bracing themselves for the possibility of a leadership challenge to Boris Johnson. The latest revelations about lockdown-busting, alcohol-fuelled parties in Downing Street have...

All six of Cornwall’s MPs vote against cutting Value Added Tax on energy bills

By Julia Penhaligon All six of Cornwall’s Conservative MPs last night (Tuesday) voted against a Labour proposal to reduce Value Added Tax on energy bills. The MPs were part...