Politics

Labour wins again in Penryn

By Graham Smith A few hundred votes cast in a small-town by-election might be simply a straw in the wind – but that breeze appears to be picking up...

When the boat comes in: new EU fishing rules will impact on Cornwall from tomorrow

By Peter Tremayne New European Union rules on fishing quotas, due to come into effect tomorrow (Tuesday), could have a major impact on the UK fishing industry, according to...

Independents struggle for survival as the political parties assert themselves at County Hall

By Anne North An analysis of four Cornwall Council by-elections fought since May 2017 suggests the main political parties are set to significantly strengthen their presence at County Hall...

EXCLUSIVE: Follow the money – what connects the Old Brewery in Redruth to another week of free champagne in the South of France?

By Graham Smith Senior Cornwall Council officials say they will “make a recommendation within the next few weeks” about whether to return to Cannes for a controversial property conference....

Cornwall Council leader tells Europe’s chief Brexit negotiator: “We cannot rely on the government to stand up for Cornwall”

By Peter Tremayne Cornwall Council leader Adam Paynter has welcomed a meeting with Michel Barnier as a positive step towards building a successful future for Cornwall in a post-Brexit...

Cornwall Council approves extra £40 million for emergency housing to help tackle homeless crisis

By Graham Smith Cornwall Council’s cabinet this morning (Tuesday) agreed to spend an extra £40 million to buy homes for temporary emergency accommodation to house homeless families and individuals....

Extra council funding will come from Cornwall’s taxpayers

By David Ottewell and Richard Whitehouse An “extra” £17 million promised to Cornwall Council will come entirely from local taxpayers, government figures suggest. James Brokenshire last week unveiled a...

Operation Yellowhammer cancels Easter holidays, as Cornwall prepares for Brexit food, fuel and medicine shortages

By Graham Smith Police chiefs, health officials and Cornwall Council staff have been told they might have to cancel plans to take holiday over the Easter period in order...

South West Euro MP says UK needs to plan for next year’s Euro elections

By Graham Smith One of the South West’s Euro MPs has called for clarity about next year’s elections to the European Parliament, in which Britain would normally go to...

Cornwall’s Tory MPs divided on who should be their leader

By Graham Smith By 9 pm this evening we shall know if Theresa May is able to remain as leader of the Conservative Party. The only one of Cornwall's...

Cornwall awaits HM Inspectorate report on fire and rescue services

By Peter Tremayne Cornwall Council is bracing itself for what is expected to be a critical HM Inspectorate report on the county’s fire service.  The report is due to...

EXCLUSIVE – Brexit chaos: what the Cornwall Council leader can now expect in Brussels next week

By Graham Smith The delay in a meaningful Brexit vote in the UK Parliament has cast a new light over the visit of Cornwall Council leader Adam Paynter to...

Brexit vote is shelved, as government whips continue to twist arms and hope something will turn up

By Graham Smith It appears that at least three of Cornwall’s MPs will have to wait before they can vote against their own Prime Minister, in act of Parliamentary...

Another one? Cornwall’s political parties are getting ready for a general election

By Anne North The chances of an early general election have prompted new waves of activism within Cornwall’s political parties, with Labour poised to hire a full-time professional organiser...

Cornwall prefers the Prime Minister’s vision of Brexit as the “least worst” option, according to YouGov

By Graham Smith Most people in Cornwall appear to back Theresa May’s vision of a negotiated Brexit as a "least worst" option, according to a YouGov poll. Nationally, the...

Corserv unwrapped: will Cornwall councillors get the answers they want?

By Graham Smith Cornwall Council’s £250 million-a-year company, Corserv, is coming under increasing pressure to be more transparent – with councillors invited to a special briefing on Friday. The...

Sarah Newton faced both ways on 0.50 calibre sniper rifles

The Truro & Falmouth MP Sarah Newton has been asked to explain her U-Turn over banning powerful sniper rifles. As the Home Office minister responsible for 0.50 calibre weapons,...

Cornwall Council calls for a new referendum on Brexit

By Graham Smith Cornwall Council has voted 47-40 in favour of calling for a second Brexit referendum. In 2016 the council was “neutral” during the first referendum, which saw...

Local Government Boundary Commission publishes its final version of Cornwall’s 2021 council electoral divisions

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Today’s publication follows three phases of public consultation and draws new boundaries for each council division across Cornwall. The Commission’s final recommendations propose that Cornwall should...

All six of Cornwall’s MPs voted to legalise .50 cal sniper rifles, which can puncture armour more than a mile away

3rd December 2018 By Peter Tremayne All six of Cornwall’s MPs have voted in favour of allowing military-grade 0.50 cal weapons to be used by shooting enthusiasts.  One of...