Politics

The man behind last year’s trip to Cannes quits Cornwall Council

By Graham Smith The man who masterminded Cornwall Council’s £70,000 trip to the South of France last year is to leave the authority at the end of this month....

10 Years After: should Cornwall now have a Mayor?

By Richard Whitehouse Should Cornwall have a directly elected mayor? That is the question posed by one of the county’s MPs. Steve Double has suggested that this could be...

Delayed Brexit would see Conservative and Labour MEP gains in south west, says poll

By Anne North The two main political parties, Labour and Conservatives, would be the most likely beneficiaries in the event that any delay to Brexit leads to participation in...

The Brexit bribe that is worth just £6 for each person in Cornwall

By Peter Tremayne The government’s discovery of a £1.6 billion “magic money tree” to help recover from Brexit will be worth only £6 for each person in Cornwall. With...

Why Bodmin’s council tax bills are higher than Truro or Falmouth

By Richard Whitehouse It has some of the highest levels of deprivation in the country but Bodmin was revealed this week to also have the highest council tax rates...

Global warming? It’s just not as interesting as Brexit, as Cornwall’s MPs give yesterday’s rare climate change debate a miss

By Rashleigh MacFarlane None of Cornwall’s six MPs contributed to the first House of Commons debate on climate change for two years yesterday (Thursday) during two and a half...

George Eustice quits government in protest at latest Brexit position

By Graham Smith Camborne and Redruth MP George Eustice has resigned from the government, surrendering his job as fisheries minister in protest at Theresa May’s acceptance of a possible...

Cornwall’s Disintegrating Care Partnership – the wheels start to fall off Kennally Care, as even the Liberal Democrats start to talk about Section 30 referrals

By Julia Penhaligon The impact of the advancing “Kennally Care” project to take over Cornwall’s NHS will come under renewed scrutiny next month as a result of the loss...

A cabinet member revolted, and a senior Lib Dem was missing – the inside story of a Cornwall Council budget defeat which delivered an extra £1 million for Cornwall’s children

By Anne North Labour’s one-vote victory over Cornwall’s Liberal Democrats yesterday (Tuesday) – securing an extra £1 million for children’s services – was achieved thanks to the abstention of...

Cornwall’s Lib Dems defeated again as Labour wins an extra £1 million for children’s mental health services

By Anne North Cornwall Council’s Liberal Democrats suffered another blow to their “progressive” credentials today (Tuesday) when a Labour proposal to add £1 million to children’s services won cross-party...

Cornwall Council rejects “alternative” budget which would have raised £11 million to defend local services

By Julia Penhaligon Cornwall councillors have voted 105-9, with one abstention, to reject a budget amendment which would have raised more than £11 million to protect services, by opting...

Campaign gets underway to save unique mental health centre, as Cornwall’s NHS and council bosses scrap £140,000 contract which does not fit with their new Five Year Plan

By Anne North Cornwall’s health and council bosses are coming under fire for scrapping a £140,000-a-year mental health contract which users and providers say saves lives. Oakleigh House, Menheniot,...

We will make trouble for Cornwall’s Tories if Brexit is delayed, warns Farage’s new political party

By Graham Smith The new Brexit Party is planning to target Cornwall if Britain’s departure from the European Union is delayed beyond 29th March. The Brexit Party, co-founded by...

Labour countdown to St Austell & Newquay selection

By Anne North Labour Party hopefuls who fancy challenging St Austell and Newquay MP Steve Double at the next general election have only a few more days to throw...

Political knives are sharpening ahead of Tuesday’s Cornwall Council budget debate

By Richard Whitehouse & Julia Penhaligon The stage is set for a party political bun-fight at County Hall on Tuesday when councillors debate a series of proposed amendments to...

Police release South West Euro MP after anti-nukes arrest in Belgium

By Rashleigh MacFarlane South West Green MEP Molly Scott Cato has been released from custody, after breaking into a nuclear military base in Belgium. Molly Scott Cato was one...

South West Euro MP Molly Scott Cato arrested in Belgium anti-nukes protest

By Graham Smith Green MEP for the South West, Molly Scott Cato, is one of three MEPs arrested after breaking into a Belgian military airbase to protest against its...

Devon & Cornwall police provide more detail on Brexit-related incidents

By Graham Smith Devon and Cornwall police had to deal with 11 “incidents” last year specifically related to Brexit, according to official data.  Three of the incidents were recorded...

Young voters in Cornwall – another 6,000 on the register, at only minimal cost

By Peter Tremayne Each of Cornwall’s six Parliamentary constituencies would gain approximately 1,000 new voters if the franchise were extended to 16 and 17 year olds, according to data...

South West Euro MP joins new Brexit Party

By Graham Smith South West Euro MP Julia Reid has joined the new Brexit Party, founded by former UKIP leader Nigel Farage. Dr Reid, who was elected as a...