Politics

Cornwall’s go-it-alone Health Service – here’s the plan

1st December 2017 By Graham Smith Plans are underway for the first of Cornwall Council’s “inquiry panel” hearings to break free from the National Health Service and set up...

Cornwall’s DIY Health Service – an expert writes

1st December 2017 By Graham Smith Allyson Pollock is a member of the British Medical Association’s council, and is one of a group of professional medical experts challenging Health...

The final countdown: a timetable for Cornwall’s exit from the National Health Service

By Graham Smith Cornwall’s 70-year membership of the National Health Service now has an end date – 7th February 2018. That is when Cornwall Council’s Liberal Democrat-led cabinet is...

Glass half-full or half-empty? Social mobility report is not helpful to Cornwall’s pursuit of government aid

28th November 2017 By Anne North Cornwall is not as poor as we have been encouraged to think, according to today’s report by the Social Mobility Commission. The report,...

Cornwall officials’ plan for a New Model Health Service may be illegal

28th November 2017 By Graham Smith The “Accountable Care System” which might soon replace Cornwall’s National Health Service could be illegal, according to a leading law firm which is...

Labour Party will have a new General Election candidate in Camborne, Redruth & Hayle constituency as Graham Winter withdraws

28th November 2017 By Graham Smith Graham Winter, who came within 1,578 votes of beating Conservative George Eustice at the General Election earlier this year, has withdrawn from the...

Petition opposing compulsory purchase of Cornish farm reaches 4,000 in only 5 days

25th November 2017 By Anne North Nearly 4,000 people have signed an online petition to oppose the compulsory purchase of an equestrian centre near Penryn, wanted by Cornwall Council...

Agricultural sector should expect “long and messy” Brexit divorce, says former diplomat

25th November 2017 By Graham Smith Britain’s agricultural sector must prepare to be treated as a third country, like Venezuela or Yemen, when the UK leaves the European Union...

Budget move on empty homes council tax could raise £700,000 for Cornwall’s local services

24th November 2017 By Julia Penhaligon Cornwall Council has said it thinks the budget announcement allowing local authorities to charge double council tax on empty properties could raise £700,000...

Government cash for surf life saving in Cornwall

24th November 2017 By Rashleigh MacFarlane Truro and Falmouth MP Sarah Newton has welcomed the news that two water rescue charities based in the constituency have won more than...

Remember the European Capital of Culture bid? How Cornwall was lucky to have left the casino when we did

24th November 2017 By Graham Smith Cornwall Council’s controversial decision to abandon its bid to become a European Union Capital of Culture appears to have been proven wiser than...

Cornwall Housing tenants warned to expect changes, in “one size fits all” drive for consistency

22nd November 2017 By Julia Penhaligon More than 10,500 Cornwall Housing tenants are bracing themselves for significant changes to their rents and service charges – which could be exacerbated...

Council postpones decision about backing Tour of Britain cycle race

22nd November 2017 By Rashleigh MacFarlane Official public support for plans to bring the Tour of Britain race to Cornwall will depend on the Liberal Democrat-Independent run Cornwall Council...

Cornwall’s countdown to NHS revolution is now well underway

22nd November 2017 By Anne North The future of Cornwall’s health service could soon be in the hands of just five local councillors, as radical reforms of the NHS...

Cornwall Council rejects motion of “no confidence” in Alison Hernandez

21st November 2017 By Peter Tremayne Cornwall Council has voted to reject a motion of no confidence in the Police & Crime Commissioner, Alison Hernandez. Councillors voted overwhelmingly against...

Jeremy Corbyn among mourners at Candy Atherton’s funeral

21st November 2017 By Graham Smith Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn was among those at this afternoon’s (Tuesday's) funeral of former Cornwall MP and councillor Candy Atherton, who died...

Ambulance crews call on their boss to quit

21st November 2017 By Peter Tremayne South West ambulance crews have written an open letter to their boss calling on him to resign. The ambulance workers, members of the...

North Cornwall Lib Dems get ready for the next general election

20th November 2017 By Graham Smith North Cornwall’s Liberal Democrats have signalled their intention to make a significant effort at the next general election by advertising for a full-time...

Landowner accuses “land-grab” council of behaving like a communist regime over student village plans

20th November 2017 By Julia Penhaligon A Penryn landowner has accused Cornwall Council of behaving like a communist regime by seeking to use compulsory purchase powers to seize his...

Mebyon Kernow to contest Police & Crime Commissioner election, and the next general election

19th November 2017 By Graham Smith Mebyon Kernow is to contest the Police & Crime Commissioner elections in 2020, in addition to fighting at least one constituency in Cornwall...