Politics

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...

Standing Up 4 Brexit: 80% of Conservative Party members want Theresa May to resign

3rd December 2018 By Graham Smith With a week of Parliamentary debates due to get underway today (Monday), Cornwall's six Conservative MPs are coming under intense scrutiny for clues...

Cornwall’s Tories continue to feud over their HQ’s “back Chequers” Brexit campaign

3rd December 2018 By Graham Smith Cornwall’s Conservatives are continuing their bitter civil war over Brexit as their party’s HQ has launched a campaign to appeal over the heads...

Councillors question the lack of detail in County Hall’s Big Idea

29th November 2018 By Richard Whitehouse Councillors have asked for more details to be included in a business plan for Cornwall Council’s £600 million investment programme. The council is...

Planning enforcement: officials claim they really can’t say what might be going on until after they have decided what is going on

28th November 2019 By Anne North The power struggle between Cornwall Council officials and the authority’s elected members will come more sharply into focus next week when some councillors...

Cornwall Council urged to make both second homes and holiday lets require a “change of use” planning consent

28th November 2018 By Rashleigh MacFarlane Local communities in Cornwall should be able to insist on a “change of use” planning application to help control the growth of second...

Theresa May gives Cornwall a miss, as she seeks backing for her Brexit deal

27th November 2018 By Graham Smith The Prime Minister has no plans to visit Cornwall ahead of the crucial House of Commons vote on her proposed Brexit deal. Theresa...

County Hall risks falling out with Whitehall over Truro stadium cash

27th November 2018 By Anne North Relations between Cornwall Council and central government, over the proposed Truro stadium, look set to take a turn for the worse next week...

Just days before Parliament votes on Brexit deal, Cornwall Council will finally decide its policy

27th November 2018 By Richard Whitehouse and Julia Penhaligon Cornwall’s Liberal Democrat councillors will complete their journey from “neutral” to “remain” in the long-running Brexit debate next week when...

Devon & Cornwall’s Local Resilience Forum prepares for a raised public profile, as prospects of a “No Deal” Brexit loom

26th November 2018 By Julia Penhaligon Emergency planners are due to meet next week to consider their response to a “no deal” Brexit, which is expected to bring chaos...

A date for your diary, as Cornwall Council prepares for a political shake-up at County Hall

25th November 2018 By Graham Smith Cornwall’s Conservative councillors will meet on 20th December to elect their new group leader at County Hall.  The contest opens tomorrow (Monday) and...

Phil Seeva quits and Cornwall’s Tories start the search for someone to lead them into 2021 elections

24th November 2018 By Graham Smith Phil Seeva has quit as leader of the Conservative group of Cornwall councillors.  The Tories will start the process of electing a new...

Cornwall councillors can calm down – they are NOT in line for £17.2 billion EU windfall

23rd November 2018 By Anne North Cornwall Council has admitted to a serious typing error in a message sent to all councillors by leader Adam Paynter, which made it...