Politics

County Hall admits that “councillors did not know” what they were doing when they outsourced Cornwall’s leisure centre contracts

By Richard Whitehouse Cornwall Council has admitted that councillors were not fully aware of all the details of a £361 million leisure services contract when it was signed. Concerns...

Sheryll Murray was the only one of Cornwall’s MPs who did not support the Prime Minister over Brexit last night

By Graham Smith South East Cornwall MP Sheryll Murray was the only one of Cornwall’s MPs not to support Theresa May over Brexit last night (Thursday) when the government...

Are you satisfied with Cornwall Council? Last year people gave the wrong answer – so this year County Hall asked someone else

By Graham Smith The latest Cornwall Council survey of “satisfaction” has found a slight improvement on last year – after a radical change to the way the survey is...

Cornwall on course to stay a low-tax council, while sitting on reserves and continuing to cut services

By Richard Whitehouse and Anne North Cornwall Council should increase council tax at the highest rate allowed or it will undermine its campaign for fairer funding, according to some...

MP expresses concern at BBC’s promotion of Cornish benefits advocate

By Anne North St Austell and Newquay MP Steve Double has criticised the BBC for promoting a benefits advocate who charges clients for advice. Last night's BBC Insight Out...

Kennally Care: the new wave of health bosses are “self-selecting” and “set their own terms of reference”

By Graham Smith Cornwall’s health chiefs have moved to reassure people that their new model of governance is “good news” – but risked ridicule by stating that three new...

Signs of tension at County Hall, as the Liberal Democrat-Independent coalition comes under strain

By Anne North The position of chairman of Cornwall Council looks set to become a make-or-break issue for County Hall’s Liberal Democrat-Independent coalition, which was already coming under strain...

Labour and Green Parties seeking to offer alternative visions of Cornwall

By Julia Penhaligon There are signs of an upsurge in activism among Cornwall’s more radical Left-of-centre political parties, with both the Green Party and the Labour Party holding county-wide...

Softly, softly, Kennally Care is taking over Cornwall’s NHS

By Graham Smith    Doctors and nurses in Cornwall will today (Tuesday) get the chance to find out more about the new “integrated” system which is set to replace...

County Hall borrows from Peter to repay Paul, ending an £85 million gamble on “inverse floating” loans

By Graham Smith Cornwall Council has become the first local authority in the country to repay “inverse floating” Lender Option Borrower Option loans (LOBOS), clearing an £85m debt portfolio...

Once more unto the Brexit breach

By Graham Smith Cornwall’s MPs will come under renewed scrutiny over the next 48 hours to see how they will vote in tomorrow’s (Tuesday’s) resumed Brexit debate. Although there...

Cornwall Council and its “climate change emergency” – what happens now?

By Julia Penhaligon Council Hall officials are today (Wednesday) studying the implications of yesterday’s vote to make Cornwall Council carbon-neutral by 2030, as part of its declaration of a...

Isles of Scilly chief quits, after extraordinary meeting

By Graham Smith The chief executive of the Isles of Scilly council, Theo Leijser, has resigned following an extraordinary meeting this afternoon. The meeting was held in secret and...

Cornwall’s Lib Dems defeated on “watered down” climate change motion as Labour and Conservatives demand “more radical” action

By Anne North A Liberal Democrat attempt to commit Cornwall Council to do more about Climate Change caused the party embarrassment today when councillors decided it was “not radical...

Isles of Scilly Council to hold secret meeting about its chief executive

By Graham Smith The Council of the Isles of Scilly is to hold an extraordinary meeting tomorrow (Tuesday) to debate the immediate future of its chief executive, Theo Leijser...

Cornwall’s Tories get ready for a snap general election as one way out of Brexit chaos

By Julia Penhaligon A further sign that another snap general election could be called within weeks came on Friday night when one of Cornwall’s Conservative Associations re-adopted its sitting...

Government approves plans to sell three of Cornwall’s hospitals – still no public consultation

By Anne North The government has approved plans to sell parts of Cornwall’s health service.  Details remain sketchy, with local NHS and council bosses reluctant to disclose any information,...

EU Nationals who want to stay, after Brexit, told to report to Cornwall’s libraries

By Graham Smith Cornwall’s libraries are to become “Settlement Centres” for European Union citizens who wish to remain in the UK after Brexit.  Britain is currently due to leave...

Four of Cornwall’s Tory MPs contributed to the government’s historic 230-vote Brexit defeat

By Graham Smith Four of Cornwall’s six MPs voted against their own government last night, contributing to its historic 230-vote defeat over its proposed Brexit deal. The four rebel...

Theresa May: Cornwall’s part in her downfall

By Anne North At least of half of Cornwall’s MPs are today (Tuesday) expected to contribute to an historic moment in Parliament if, as expected, they help defeat their...