Politics

Government admits “we are not on an overly strong footing” to defend fishing communities in the event of no-deal Brexit

By Julia Penhaligon An internal government memo, sent in error to the BBC, describes how ministers might try to “spin” their way out of awkward questions about their inability...

I’ve never met a straight woman who didn’t fancy me, says Plymouth MP Johnny Mercer

By Anne North Plymouth Moor View’s Conservative MP has this morning (Sunday) discovered that if you have to explain a joke, it probably wasn’t funny.  Johnny Mercer found himself...

Brexit Party targets Truro & Falmouth MP Sarah Newton

By Anne North The Brexit Party has announced its first Parliamentary candidate in Cornwall.  Paul Wood is to contest the Truro & Falmouth constituency, threatening to split the Conservative...

Nigel Farage now naming the Brexit Party’s Parliamentary candidates – will he target Cornwall?

By Julia Penhaligon Conservatives are watching for any announcements today (Friday) from the Brexit Party to see if it announces any Parliamentary candidates in Cornwall. The Brexit Party claims...

Get ready for “fishing war” with Europe, warns ministerial Brexit briefing

By Graham Smith Scallop wars between French and Cornish fishermen are likely to become permanent if there is a “no deal” Brexit, according to a confidential briefing note for...

New fishing deal comes into effect today to prevent French-Cornish “scallop war”

By Julia Penhaligon New fishing rules come into effect today (Thursday) designed to prevent a repeat of last year’s “scallops wars” between French and Cornish boats.  Some vessels came...

County Hall refused to co-operate with Ombudsman investigating why homeless teenager was given a tent

By Richard Whitehouse Cornwall Council refused to co-operate with the Local Government Ombudsman and had to be threatened with legal action to disclose information about why it gave a...

Councillors vote 7-5 to approve housing plans on land allocated for allotments

By Richard Whitehouse By seven votes to five, Cornwall councillors have given planning permission for a housing development on a site which had been earmarked for allotments. Cornwall Council’s...

Cornwall’s Conservatives snatch control of audit committee as Lib Dem-Indy partners forget the Golden Rules of politics

By Graham Smith Cornwall Council’s ruling Liberal Democrat-Independent administration suffered another serious political blow this morning (Tuesday) when the Conservatives snatched control of the audit committee. Ignoring two of...

County Hall awarded contracts worth £53 million outside of agreed rules, according to auditors

By Graham Smith Cornwall Council has been told it must tighten up its accounting procedures by officials who have found that County Hall awarded contracts and other business worth...

How a no-deal Brexit could bring more form-filling for Cornish pasty-makers

By Julia Penhaligon The government is warning Cornish pasty makers to prepare for making their own individual applications to the European Union to maintain “Protected Geographical Indication” in the...

Cornwall’s town and parish councils prepare for land-grabs and takeover battles

By Anne North Nearly 50 parish boundaries might change as a result of the Community Governance Review currently underway in Cornwall. Although the review is probably not the most...

Plymouth MP Johnny Mercer gets his foot on the first rung of the ministerial ladder

By Graham Smith Plymouth Moor View MP Johnny Mercer has been appointed a Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Ministry of Defence and the Cabinet Office. Mr Mercer...

Boris Bounce could save most of Cornwall’s Conservative MPs, according to today’s opinion polls

By Anne North Today’s (Sunday) opinion polls suggest that most of Cornwall’s MPs would be re-elected if there were to be a snap general election.  The data implies a...

George Eustice gets his old job back at Defra, as Boris Johnson continues ministerial appointments

By Graham Smith Camborne, Redruth and Hayle MP George Eustice has again been appointed as a Minister of State at Defra, the job he held until he resigned in...

Bring waste collection back in-house, urges councillor, as County Hall looks to sign a new 8-year deal

By Julia Penhaligon Cornwall’s new waste collection contract should be managed “in-house” and an arms-length company such as Corserv should be given another chance to bid for it, councillors...

Cornwall Council declares war on climate change – but there are still questions about Truro New Town, stadium and spaceport

By Richard Whitehouse Decisions made in future by Cornwall Council will be assessed to see whether they comply with the council’s aims to tackle climate change.  It is not...

County Hall’s challenge to the new Prime Minister

By Richard Whitehouse The leader of Cornwall Council says he will be challenging new Prime Minister Boris Johnson to make good on promises he made during the Brexit campaign....

Nine Cornwall Conservative councillors put their names to “Backing Boris” campaign

By Richard Whitehouse Nine Conservative councillors from Cornwall are among 1,000 from across the country who publicly endorsed Boris Johnson to be leader of the Conservative Party. Mr Johnson...

EXCLUSIVE – internal County Hall emails reveal the inside story of how councillors defeated their officers to hold an extraordinary meeting for the sole purpose of awarding paid committee posts

By Graham Smith Cornwall Reports has obtained the full set of email exchanges between Cornwall Council’s top lawyer and councillors over their controversial decision to hold an extraordinary meeting...