Politics

Last-minute registration drive results in 7% increase – in only three weeks – in the number of general election voters in Cornwall

By Graham Smith There has been a last-minute rush of applications to join the electoral register in Cornwall, ahead of next month’s general election on 12th December. 30,390 people...

Boris Johnson visits Goonhilly Earth Station

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Boris Johnson visited Goonhilly Earth Station, on The Lizard, today (Wednesday) – extolling the virtues of Cornwall’s “space” industry.  Cornwall Council yesterday voted £12 million to...

Could yesterday’s County Hall chaos lead to a security crack-down?

By Graham Smith The chaotic scenes which ended yesterday’s (Wednesday’s) spaceport debate at County Hall could lead to a security crackdown, after some councillors complained of intimidation. The packed...

Corbyn and Johnson on the election campaign trail in Cornwall today

By Peter Tremayne Both the Prime Minister and the leader of the Opposition are expected to visit Cornwall today, looking for votes on the general election campaign trail. Boris...

Cornwall Council votes 66-34 to spend £12 million on Newquay spaceport, as protestors watch in dismay

By Graham Smith Cornwall councillors today (Tuesday) voted 66-34, with one abstention, to commit £12 million towards building and operating a spaceport at Newquay. Hundreds of Extinction Rebellion climate...

County Hall under pressure to postpone today’s spaceport vote, as politics and science collide

By Graham Smith Cornwall councillors have reacted with fury to what some see as “interference” in the democratic process, after they were advised not to ask questions about today’s...

University lecturers strike at Falmouth in dispute over pay, conditions and pensions

By Anne North Scores of university lecturers at Falmouth have joined an eight-day strike in pursuit of better pay and conditions.  They are particularly unhappy about their pensions. The...

Countdown to the spaceport vote, with Branson still on the ground while CDC flies high (and often)

By Peter Tremayne Cornwall Council is poised to vote £12 million to build and run a Newquay spaceport tomorrow (Tuesday) despite the failure of its sole operating partner to...

Bookmakers think the Conservatives are home and dry in Cornwall

By Anne North Bookmakers are suggesting that Cornwall’s Conservatives have little to worry about with polling in the general election only three weeks away. The Tories are odds-on to...

Doctors criticise Cornwall Council over privatisation of sexual health services

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Simmering tensions between clinical health experts and Cornwall Council have boiled over with five senior doctors refusing to work for a charity appointed by County Hall....

Liberal Democrat Disability Association files formal complaint about its own North Cornwall candidate

By Julia Penhaligon The Liberal Democrat general election candidate in North Cornwall has come under fire from members of his own party for a series of social media posts...

Is Branson selling out Newquay? Daily flights to Heathrow look set to end next year, with passengers forced to fly to Southend instead

By Peter Tremayne Richard Branson appears poised to snatch Newquay airport’s Heathrow landing and take-off slots and use them for more lucrative international routes – leaving Cornish passengers who...

This is where your vote will be counted: Bodmin, Truro and Pool

By Graham Smith Cornwall’s general election votes will be counted and the results declared at three different locations on the night and early morning of 12th and 13th December....

EXCLUSIVE: Cornwall Council confirms it spent more on building houses than it was able to get by selling them

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Cornwall Council has admitted that the cost of its centre-piece house-building programme has exceeded the value of building the properties at Bodmin and Tolvaddon. The ultimate...

Royal Cornwall hospital back on black alert

By Julia Penhaligon Conservative fears that a winter health service crisis could derail its general election campaign have come a step closer with confirmation that Cornwall’s main acute hospital...

“Give 16-year-olds the vote in Cornwall Council’s 2021 local elections” urge councillors

By Anne North Cornwall Council will be asked next week to renew its campaign for lowering the voting age to 16, in time for the local elections in 2021....

Labour promises to tighten the law on fox hunting

By Rashleigh MacFarlane The Labour Party has said it will close loopholes in the 2004 Hunting Act if it wins the general election, outlawing foxhunting and hare coursing. The...

Countdown to confusion: Cornwall Council is going ahead with its spaceport vote, despite the general election, despite having no Environmental Impact Assessment, and with Richard Branson’s rocket still firmly on the ground

By Julia Penhaligon Cornwall Council is going ahead with a crucial vote next week to plough £12 million of local taxpayers’ money into a Newquay spaceport, despite having carried...

Should Cornwall Council draw a veil over the Newquay spaceport idea until after the general election?

By Graham Smith Cornwall councillors are waiting to see if the general election has de-railed their officials’ enthusiasm for a £12 million vote next week to build a Newquay...

“Stop Brexit” battlebus tours Cornwall

A "Stop Brexit" battlebus today concluded a three-day tour of Cornwall, hoping to highlight the issue during the current general election campaign.  The tour was organised by the Cornwall...