Politics

Stiff little fingers? While cabinet members have rushed to support Dominic Cummings, Cornwall’s MPs have been strangely silent

By Graham Smith Conservative MP Steve Baker has become the first Tory Parliamentarian to openly call for the sacking of the Prime Minister’s advisor and close political aide, Dominic...

Covid-19: Cornwall’s “blueprint” for testing in care homes is due next week

By Anne North Public Health Cornwall is running out of time to meet its deadline for disclosing details of how residents and staff in care homes are to be...

EU funding has left Cornwall’s economy over-reliant on the public sector, says Chamber of Commerce President

By Richard Whitehouse A leading businessman has claimed that European funding “failed to achieve significant economic development” in Cornwall. Cornwall has received millions of pounds from the European Union...

Cornwall Council will not fine parents who do not send their children back to school on 1st June

By Richard Whitehouse Parents who decide that they do not want to send their children back to school next month will not be fined. Cornwall Council said that it...

Keir Starmer starts his virtual tour of Britain with an online video chat with Cornwall

By Richard Whitehouse and Julia Penhaligon History tells us that it can take a little while for a new leader of the Labour Party to visit Cornwall, at least...

Adam Paynter on County Hall’s Future Operating Model: “We’re not outsourcing, we’re not on the road to Barnet, and we’re saving money”

By Graham Smith Cornwall Council’s deputy leader Adam Paynter has defended the authority’s decision to hire eight new contract managers to develop its “Future Operating Model” – insisting that...

Nearly a third of Cornwall councillors hold their own meeting, in defiance of County Hall’s democracy shutdown

By Peter Tremayne The scheduled meeting of the full Cornwall Council did not happen yesterday (Tuesday) but more than a third of the council met anyway. The Conservative group,...

Should children go back to school on 1st June? It’s nothing to do with us, says Cornwall Council

By Julia Penhaligon With less than two weeks to go before the government’s “back to school” deadline, parents and teachers in Cornwall still have no idea if classrooms will...

Covid-19 shutdown causes huge job losses in Cornwall, with more than 19,000 now claiming benefit

By Graham Smith The Covid-19 lockdown, and the introduction of Universal Credit, have caused a dramatic increase in unemployment in Cornwall – up by 66% on the year. Figures...

Five out of six of Cornwall’s MPs voted to exclude “unskilled” migrant workers, putting agriculture and care sectors at risk

By Julia Penhaligon Five of Cornwall’s six MPs have voted to end freedom of movement, replacing it with a points-based immigration system which risks excluding many of the agricultural...

On your marks, get set, go! Cornwall’s tips open tomorrow

By Richard Whitehouse Cornwall’s tips are set to reopen tomorrow (Tuesday, May 19) but people have been warned that they are for essential waste only. Cornwall Council announced that...

Democracy shutdown: how Cornwall got lost on the road to Barnet

By Graham Smith Two key meetings at which Cornwall councillors might have questioned new contract rules for outsourcing did not happen because of the Covid-19 social distancing restrictions. One...

Only 20 Cornwall councillors agree to “go paperless” despite County Hall’s promise of action on climate change

By Richard Whitehouse Only 20 of Cornwall Council’s 123 members have opted to go paperless, despite the council declaring a climate emergency. The number of councillors who have decided...

Old wine in a new bottle? Cornwall Council’s “Future Operating Model” looks very similar to the one which broke Barnet

By Graham Smith Conservative and Labour members of Cornwall Council are trying to understand how County Hall has implemented a radical new “outsourcing” plan which aims to place even...

Remember the Covid-19 lockdown? Cornwall Council has had 1,700 complaints, but served only three formal closure notices on holiday accommodation for alleged breaches of the rules

By Peter Tremayne Cornwall Council has said that by yesterday (Friday) its officers had responded to nearly 1,700 complaints since the government introduced its emergency Coronavirus business closure regulations...

Are we nearly there yet? Council leader says “a few” miles are fine but “too far” is not as he shares a “lack of clarity” award with Boris Johnson

By Anne North Cornwall Council leader Julian German has said that “a few miles” is the most anyone should drive before exercise.  It was the most precise he was...

County Hall keen to avoid setting clear targets for Covid-19 testing in care homes

By Julia Penhaligon It could be months before Cornwall Council has fully embraced its new responsibility for testing residents and staff in care homes for Covid-19. Public Health Cornwall...

No emergency budget before September, no Health and Adult Social Care scrutiny before the end of June – the democracy shutdown at County Hall continues

By Graham Smith It is likely to be September before Cornwall councillors are able to think about an emergency budget, after the Covid-19 Coronavirus crisis wrecked County Hall’s business...

Cornwall Council, arriving very late, finally switches on to new technology – but decides not to use it for a few more months

By Richard Whitehouse “Councillor French, are you there?” came the voice of John Pollard, chairman of Cornwall Council’s constitution and governance committee. “We require the vote of the St...

Cornwall’s MPs vote to block measure which would protect local farmers against cheap US imports

By Anne North Five of Cornwall’s six Conservative MPs last night voted against a proposal which would ensure a “level playing field” for local food producers  – and in...