Politics

Cornwall councillor Sue James to step down at next May’s elections

By Julia Penhaligon Cornwall councillor Sue James, a former cabinet member, is to step down at the next election. The Liberal Democrat has represented St Just-in-Penwith since 2013.  Boundary...

Covid-19: County Hall fraud experts investigating if “pay now, check later” approach cost £8 million in small business grants

By Richard Whitehouse Concerns have been raised that more than £8 million of Coronavirus business grants in Cornwall could have been paid incorrectly. Cornwall Council distributed more than £270...

Why I’ll be voting for a Covid-19 lockdown U-Turn, by St Austell & Newquay MP Steve Double

By Julia Penhaligon One of Cornwall’s MPs has explained why he will be performing a policy U-turn tomorrow (Wednesday) and voting in favour of another Covid-19 national lockdown, only...

Will Langarth be inspired by Mugsborough? County Hall considers turning the clock back to 1835

By Graham Smith The construction of Truro New Town is forcing County Hall to consider future governance arrangements for the new community, which could eventually have a population of...

Pheasant to be classed as “nuisance” species as government forces shooting estates to seek licences

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Campaigners have won a surprise early victory over shooting parties which at this time of the year take to the Cornish countryside to kill pheasants.  There...

Covid-19: Cornwall Council renews call to run Test and Trace, also asking for more handouts

By Anne North Cornwall Council has renewed its call for a larger role in the Covid-19 “Test and Trace” programme, as the only solution to the Coronavirus crisis -...

Two weeks is a very long time in politics: government’s latest U-Turn puts Cornwall’s MPs on the spot

By Julia Penhaligon Cornwall’s six MPs are coming under pressure from their local party activists to consider voting against Boris Johnson’s month-long Covid-19 lockdown. It is thought there will...

Covid-19: new lockdown from Wednesday

By Anne North Cornwall looks set to be caught up in a new national Covid-19 lockdown, to be announced by Boris Johnson on Monday and to be introduced from...

Legal challenge to pheasant shooting could change the face of the Cornish countryside

By Rashleigh MacFarlane The campaign group Wild Justice is preparing for a legal challenge which could halt the release of thousands of pheasants into the Cornish countryside. Although this...

EXCLUSIVE: County Hall’s compulsory purchase threat alarms Hayle landowners

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Cornwall Council’s ambition to impose its planning blueprint on the future of Hayle appears to have hit a major bump in the road, with several landowners...

Cornwall’s 30-year plan might last only months

By Julia Penhaligon A controversial blueprint for the future of Cornwall will come before County Hall’s ruling cabinet next week, posing more questions over how policy should be made...

Plate protestors ask Truro & Falmouth MP to think again about free school meals during holiday

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Protestors have laid a “plate protest” outside the office of Truro and Falmouth MP Cherilyn Mackrory, demanding that the government takes action to alleviate food poverty...

Council crackdown on business waste

By Richard Whitehouse Cornwall Council is launching a crackdown on businesses which use residential rubbish collection services to get rid of their waste. There have long been concerns about...

Cornwall about to deploy its first Covid-19 marshals to enforce social distancing

By Peter Tremayne Cornwall is about to get its first permanent Covid-19 marshals.  The officials, who will be employed by Cornwall Council, could be seen on the streets of...

Truro rejects the idea of an immediate development boundary on the Mayor’s casting vote, after 9-9 deadlock

By Graham Smith The city of Truro will not try to add a boundary line to its current local neighbourhood development plan, after Mayor Bert Biscoe used his casting...

“I don’t want a penny – but they have just been covering-up, covering-up, covering-up” – the man at the centre of Cormac-gate tells his story

By Richard Whitehouse When Andrew Richards woke up in hospital in December 2016 he had no idea where he was or why he was there. That’s when he was...

Free school dinners row: protestors encouraged to show their feelings in Truro on Wednesday

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Anti-poverty campaigners are to target the Cornwall office of Truro and Falmouth MP Cherilyn Mackrory on Wednesday. The demonstration is one of scores seen around the...

Out of the mouths of babes: why Cornwall’s Conservatives need to swallow hard, and admit they have got it badly wrong on free school meals

CLICK THE "As I Please" LINK (ABOVE) TO REGISTER AND READ THIS FREE ARTICLE By Graham Smith Although 13,000 children in Cornwall are in need of free school meals...

Cornwall Council to fund free school meals during Christmas holidays

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Cornwall Council is to fund a £400,000 scheme to provide free school meals during the Christmas holidays.  Each meal will cost around £3. The decision was...

Cornwall councillors challenged to fund free school meals during holidays

By Graham Smith Cornwall Council is coming under pressure to fund a free school meals service during holidays, after several leading councillors criticised the county’s six MPs for voting...