Politics

Labour councillor in Penryn defects to Green Party

By Julia Penhaligon A Labour town councillor elected only nine months ago has defected to the Green Party. Tamsyn Widdon was elected in January as the Labour candidate in...

Cornwall’s Strategic Planners again told they need not bother with a meeting

By Anne North Cornwall Council’s Strategic Planning Committee meeting scheduled for this month has again been cancelled.  The committee has met only once, for its designed purpose, since May....

Don’t try to throw milkshakes at Nigel Farage, urges Cornwall For Europe

By Anne North The Battle of Brexit comes to Cornwall today (Monday) when Nigel Farage stages a rally at the Carn Brea Leisure Centre while anti-Brexit campaigners hold a...

Public Works interest rate rise will cost Cornwall Council millions

By Graham Smith Senior officials at Cornwall Council are trying to calculate the impact of Friday’s surprise decision to increase by a whole percentage point the interest rate for...

Climate protestors target the Liskeard office of South East Cornwall MP Sheryll Murray

By Julia Penhaligon South East Cornwall MP Sheryll Murray has hit back at climate change protestors who stuck posters all over the windows of her Liskeard office. Mrs Murray...

Policing protests in London: what is the cost to Devon & Cornwall?

By Peter Tremayne Devon and Cornwall police have refused to say how many officers they have sent to London to help deal with the continuing Extinction Rebellion protests. Metropolitan...

Five candidates line up for Wadebridge by-election

By Anne North Five candidates are to contest the vacant seat for a Cornwall councillor in Wadebridge. The Liberal Democrats are defending the Wadebridge West seat against what looks...

Cornwall’s health and social care system gets its man: the first Independent Chair of the Integrated Care Partnership is named

By Anne North The new boss of Cornwall’s “integrated” health and social service is to be John Govett, a former senior executive with Surrey County Council and currently vice...

Two Cornwall councillors in line for national awards

By Julia Penhaligon Two Cornwall councillors, Conservative James Mustoe and Liberal Democrat Rob Rotchell, have been shortlisted for a national award. They are both in line for “achievement awards”...

Cornish badger study confirms the science – culling actually spreads TB in cattle

By Rashleigh MacFarlane A study of badger culling in Cornwall has confirmed that shooting the animals worsens the spread of bovine tuberculosis. Scientists studied badger behaviour on 20 dairy...

Nigel Farage on his way to Cornwall

By Peter Tremayne Brexit Party leader Nigel Farage is coming to Cornwall next week for a rally in Camborne. He is due to speak at the Carn Brea leisure...

Councillors told they need training on “responsible” pension investment

By Anne North Cornwall councillors are to be called to a special “training day” to learn how County Hall’s pension fund can be used to help fight climate change....

Paul Masters, Cornwall Council’s “Mr Brexit,” calls it a day

By Graham Smith Cornwall Council’s strategic director for neighbourhoods, Paul Masters, is to leave the authority in the New Year.  He is retiring at the end of March. Mr...

County Hall upsets Bodmin Town Council by putting profits first in so-called “affordable” housing project

By Anne North and Richard Whitehouse Cornwall Council’s policy on “affordable” homes is set to take a further battering later this month when the authority tries to increase the...

A “No Deal” Brexit would impact South West “like Foot and Mouth Disease,” warns LEP

By Daniel Clark A No Deal Brexit would be as bad as the Foot and Mouth Disease was for the South West, the government has been told. A letter...

EXCLUSIVE: Is food waste about to be dropped from Cornwall’s new household collection contract? County Hall’s surprise new survey makes no mention of it

By Anne North Mystery surrounds the surprise launch of a new online survey about Cornwall’s domestic waste collection service, as County Hall struggles to design a new contract before...

Paperwork mix-up cancels Jeremy Corbyn visit to Falmouth University

By Peter Tremayne Young Labour Party activists in Falmouth were disappointed when university students had to cancel a planned visit by Jeremy Corbyn last night (Thursday) because of a...

How to spend Cornwall’s £450 million health windfall: six points of view

By Anne North Cornwall’s MPs have responded in very different ways to news that none of their local health bosses knew anything about the government’s pre-election promise of £450...

Cornwall for Europe flies the flag – with Brexit only 28 days away (possibly)

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Protestors from the Cornwall For Europe campaign group waved EU and Cornish flags from a bridge over the A30 at Summercourt yesterday afternoon. The group plans...

EXCLUSIVE: The curious case of the £450 million “new hospital cash” that nobody asked for

By Graham Smith Cornwall’s health chiefs had no advance warning about Boris Johnson’s announcement, at the Conservative Party conference, of £450 million to build a new acute hospital in...