Politics

Redruth’s Stephen Barnes is new Labour group leader at Cornwall Council

5th March 2018 By Anne North Stephen Barnes, the Cornwall councillor for Redruth North, has been elected as the new Labour group leader at County Hall. Mr Barnes has...

Lib Dems seek to reassure Tories that Cornwall’s Kennally Care will go ahead as planned

5th March 2018 By Graham Smith The Liberal Democrat leader of Cornwall Council has written to the Conservative chairman of the Accountable Care System inquiry to reassure him that...

The Empire strikes back – Kennally Care is still in play, after a day of heat and fury at County Hall

2nd March 2018 By Graham Smith When is a U-Turn not a U-Turn?  Apparently when it comes via a council press release, issued late at night, in the middle...

Tories lament the end of Accountable Care, accusing Cornwall Council of “giving in to far-left protestors”

2nd March 2018 By Graham Smith Cornwall’s Conservatives have criticised the council’s decision to abandon plans for an Accountable Care System, accusing the Liberal Democrat-led cabinet of giving in...

Analysis: Have Cornwall’s Liberal Democrats just saved the NHS?

2nd March 2018 By Graham Smith Political courage is something not often associated with Cornwall Council, yet within 24 hours two distinct yet connected news stories have revealed something...

Cornwall Council backs down on Kennally Care, abandoning ACS plans

2nd March 2018 By Graham Smith Cornwall Council appears to have backed down over “Kennally Care” and abandoned its plans to set up a new organisation to run the...

All eyes on Tuesday’s NHS Kernow board meeting as Kennally Care approaches critical point

1st March 2018 By Graham Smith NHS Kernow officials have published their final pitch to persuade their governing board to agree the establishment of an Accountable Care Organisation, recently...

Council group leader Tim Dwelly quits Labour Party – “this is all about Tim’s ego” say critics

1st March 2018 By Graham Smith The Cornwall councillor for Penzance East, Tim Dwelly, has resigned from the Labour Party and will now sit as an Independent.  He claimed...

Cornish fishing community fears it is a “bargaining chip” in Brexit talks

28th February 2018 By Peter Tremayne Concern is growing among Cornwall’s fishing community that ministers will cast aside their interests in negotiating Britain’s exit from the European Union. Two...

Peer review urges Cornwall to “follow the money” as Kennally Care nears launch

28th February 2018 By Graham Smith A “peer” review of Cornwall Council has called for greater financial transparency in the arrangements for Kennally Care, as the authority moves closer...

Cabinet member says Truro stadium “will not be linked to any decision that may subsequently be taken about other projects”

26th February 2018 By Peter Tremayne The Cornwall council cabinet member with lead responsibility for any possible Truro stadium has promised that the issue will stand or fall on...

Lawyers focus on County Halls’ 1st April deadline for NHS takeover and ask “what’s the rush?”

22nd February 2018 By Graham Smith The possibility of a legal challenge to Cornwall Council’s ambition to take over the National Health Service continues to be under discussion, with...

The Big Issue: how many Cornwall councillors are second home owners? (Answer: more than you might think)

21st February 2018 By Graham Smith The idea of a crackdown on tax-dodging second home owners who register holiday lets as small businesses is to be investigated by Cornwall...

How the political parties tried to spin Cornwall’s budget

21st February 2018 By Graham Smith The Liberal Democrat-led Cornwall Council, and its Conservative Party opposition, were quick to issue formal press releases announcing their views on yesterday's seven-hour...

Cornwall’s budget unspun: where the axe will fall

21st February 2018 By Graham Smith Cornwall Council’s marathon budget meeting yesterday lasted nearly seven hours and agreed to cut more than £77.1 million in spending over the next...

Council tax bills will rise 5% as Cornwall braces for £75 million cuts

20th February 2018 By Graham Smith Cornwall’s council tax bills will be going up by nearly 5% this year, after a marathon debate about the council’s budget.  It means...

Council votes down plan to save £1 million for Cornwall’s children

20th February 2018 By Graham Smith Cornwall’s councillors have voted against plans to save £1 million for children’s services, which are earmarked for deep cuts in today’s (Tuesday’s) budget...

Cornwall councillor Paula Dolphin quits Liberal Democrats

20th February 2018 By Peter Tremayne Bude councillor Paula Dolphin has resigned from the Liberal Democrats and will now sit as an Independent. Ms Dolphin, a former mayor of...

Indies and Tories fail to trouble the scorer in Newquay and Penryn

19th February 2018 By Peter Tremayne Two town council by-elections have given further weight to the idea that political party organisation is becoming ever more important in Cornwall’s local...

Cui bono? Questions remain over Cornwall Council’s housing ambitions

19th February 2018 By Julia Penhaligon Controversial council plans to borrow more than £80 million to set up a new private housing company are due to be debated tomorrow...