Politics

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...

Cornwall’s NHS: Will the general election signal the end of the road for Kennally Care?

By Graham Smith The general election has put one of the most controversial proposed changes to Cornwall’s health service on hold. The prospect of what was originally known as...

Cornwall waits 14 years for a Liberal Party candidate, and then six turn up all at once

By Graham Smith The first week of Cornwall’s general election has seen the surprise entry of six candidates from the Liberal Party. Voters under the age of 30 might...

The sun also rises, as County Hall’s corridors of power await their next big beast

By Graham Smith If you like the idea of earning £120,000-£140,000 a year, and spending £150 million while leading around 1,500 colleagues, then today (Friday) is the last day...

And they’re off! The official runners and riders for Cornwall’s 2019 general election

By Graham Smith More than 30 people are looking for votes in the hope that they will become one of six Members of Parliament, representing Cornish constituencies, at the...

Houston, we have a problem: Cornwall’s spaceport team just can’t keep their feet on the ground

By Graham Smith Cornwall’s spaceport backers are returning to America later this month for another conference, less than a month after attending a similar event in Washington. The Cornwall...

Rush to spend Euromillions as Cornwall Council identifies three major projects

By Richard Whitehouse Cornwall Council is set to contribute more than £14 million towards regeneration, business support and skills projects worth more than £53m. The council’s cabinet yesterday (Wednesday)...

People’s Vote campaign tries to turn three Cornish seats into its Brexit battleground

By Graham Smith Three of Cornwall’s six Parliamentary constituencies are included on a list of “anti-Brexit” tactical voting seats promoted by the troubled People’s Vote campaign. The campaign has...

It’s all a bit rubbish, as two years of contract negotiation go to waste

By Richard Whitehouse Tensions within the ruling Liberal Democrat-Independent administration at County Hall have spilled into the open as the former Lib Dem cabinet member responsible for waste criticised...

Councillor’s advice surgery, and County Hall webcasts, fall prey to general election purdah

By Peter Tremayne The general election has put paid to a number of the “democratic” aspects of public life in Cornwall.  Officials appear to be taking full advantage of...

Farage set to give Cornwall a miss, as Brexit Party comes under further pressure to quit general election

By Graham Smith Brexit Party leader Nigel Farage has cancelled a campaign visit to Penzance, after withdrawing all six of his Parliamentary candidates from any contest in Cornwall. The...

Another stroke of bad luck for Cornwall’s strategic planners, as next scheduled meeting date clashes with general election

By Anne North The next scheduled meeting of Cornwall Council’s strategic planning committee has been postponed – because of the general election. The committee, which since May has managed...

Dismay as council prepares to scrap recycling banks

By Richard Whitehouse People have reacted with dismay to the announcement that Cornwall Council is set to remove recycling banks. The large storage banks for recyclables, commonly found in...

The Truth is coming! Cornwall Council draws up plans to boost its reputation, by publishing its own newspaper

By Richard Whitehouse and Julia Penhaligon Plans are underway at County Hall for Cornwall Council to produce its own newspaper, which would be distributed free to every household. The...

Tories pick Cherilyn MackRory as candidate for Truro & Falmouth

By Graham Smith Cornwall councillor Cherilyn Mackrory has been selected as the Conservative’s general election candidate for Truro and Falmouth, following the decision of former MP Sarah Newton to...

Independents gain Wadebridge West in Cornwall Council by-election

By Graham Smith Independent candidate and former local police sergeant Robin Moorcroft won the Wadebridge by-election to take a vacant seat on Cornwall Council. Mr Moorcroft, also a prominent...

Greens stand down in North Cornwall, as part of a national deal to help save their party leader

By Julia Penhaligon The Green Party has withdrawn its general election candidate from the North Cornwall constituency, as part of a nationwide deal with the Liberal Democrats designed to...

Cornwall’s dustbin AND recycling collections will both be fortnightly, as row looms over bungled waste contract

By Julia Penhaligon Cornwall’s dustbins AND recycling waste collections will both become fortnightly next year, in a major retreat on the original promise to make recycling collections weekly. Cornwall...

Cornwall’s children’s services rated “outstanding”

By Anne North Ofsted has rated Cornwall’s children’s services as “outstanding” – putting County Hall in the top 10% of local councils in the country.  Cornwall is the only...