Politics

Two cheers for a census tick box

By Richard Whitehouse Two of Cornwall’s MPs have failed in their bid to convince a Government minister provide a tick box on the next census so that people can...

Covid-19: Cornwall gets mixed messages about any “tourist season” this year, as government prepares to make major announcement about what happens next

By Anne North Cornwall is waiting anxiously for details of how the government plans to “ease” its lockdown with conflicting messages from different sectors. The confusion was compounded by...

Cornwall Council finally sets a date for restoring democracy

By Peter Tremayne Cornwall Council is to attempt its first “virtual” meeting next week – with a meeting called to talk about meetings. An extraordinary meeting of the Constitution...

Re-open Cornwall’s household waste tips? We’ll do it dreckly, says council

By Richard Whitehouse and Julia Penhaligon Cornwall’s response to the reopening of waste disposal tips has again highlighted local variations within the government’s social distancing lockdown. Household Waste Recycling...

Trade unions criticise Corserv for “insulting” delay to pay talks

By Richard Whitehouse A row has broken out between unions and a council owned company with union bosses saying a decision to defer pay talks until September is “insulting”....

Labour joins Conservatives in calling for an inquiry in to “Cormac-gate”

By Graham Smith The pressure on Cornwall Council to hold an inquiry into the way Cormac failed to properly report a serious accident in 2016 has intensified, after County...

Tamar Bridge and Torpoint Ferry “will run out of cash in 12 weeks”

By Richard Whitehouse Cornwall’s senior councillor for transport has warned that the Tamar Bridge and Torpoint Ferry only have reserves to last until the end of July unless the...

EXCLUSIVE: Your money or your life? Cornwall’s tourism industry eyes 26th May as the date for welcoming back holidaymakers, despite widespread public opposition

By Julia Penhaligon Cornwall’s tourism industry is preparing to welcome back thousands of holidaymakers, despite fears that they could bring a new wave of the Covid-19 Coronavirus. Some of...

No comment, says Corserv, as pressure grows for an inquiry into Cormac-gate

By Graham Smith Corserv has declined an invitation to explain its approach to health and safety issues, following the publication of a “whistleblowing” letter written in response to the...

Police use of Covid-19 emergency powers under the microscope, as Cornwall waits for news of how the lockdown is to be eased

By Peter Tremayne Devon and Cornwall police are to be challenged over their use of the emergency powers during the Covid-19 restrictions. The Crown Prosecution Service has said it...

Cornwall Council leader challenged to confirm there will be no further delay to elections

By Anne North Cornwall council leader Julian German has been challenged to confirm that he will not join calls for next year’s County Hall elections to be postponed. Conservative...

Could Cormac-gate be heading for the libel courts? See Arkell vs Pressdram 1971

By Graham Smith The former Cornwall Council cabinet member who resigned in protest the failure of his colleagues to pursue health and safety issues at Cormac has challenged the...

Government’s online school meals voucher system is not fit for purpose, says Cornwall Council leader

By Rashleigh MacFarlane The government’s attempts to stop children going hungry during the Covid-19 lockdown has been described as “not fit for purpose” by Cornwall Council leader Julian German....

When is a manager not a manager? When he or she is a member of Cornwall Council’s cabinet, as Cormac-gate develops into a semantic row about “whistleblowing” and who knew what, and when

By Graham Smith Political tensions at County Hall over “Cormac-gate” are escalating today (Friday) following Cornwall Reports’ publication of a whistleblowers’ letter signed by 18 current Cormac workers, expressing...

Five in the frame: who will get County Hall’s planning and economy hot seat?

By Graham Smith It is likely to be early June before a new Cornwall Council cabinet member emerges to take the planning and economy portfolio, following Monday’s dramatic resignation...

Testing for Covid-19: when the government says “everywhere” it doesn’t necessarily mean Cornwall

By Julia Penhaligon Residents and staff in Cornwall’s care homes are concerned that despite the media obsession with whether or not the government has achieved its 100,000-a-day target, there...

EXCLUSIVE: Cornwall Council’s cabinet ignored Cormac whistleblowers’ letter, leaving 18 workers with 406 years’ service to ask “how you can carry on in an environment where you don’t feel safe?”

By Graham Smith Eighteen Cormac workers, who between them have more than 400 years’ service to the company, have called on Cornwall Council to address their serious concerns about...

Government urged to fund Tamar Bridge and Torpoint Ferry

By Richard Whitehouse Cornwall Council has warned that there is a “real threat” to the future viability of the Tamar Bridge and Torpoint Ferry unless the government provides financial...

Corserv issues statement on Cormac-gate, claiming “we have taken this matter very seriously”

By Graham Smith The Cornwall Council-owned Corserv group of companies, which includes Cormac, has issued a statement about the 2016 incident at Grampound which left one of their employees...

EXCLUSIVE: Health & Safety Executive never investigated “Cormac-gate” as internal documents reveal the anatomy of a cover-up

By Graham Smith The Health and Safety Executive has never investigated the incident which led to a Cormac worker receiving such serious injuries that he was forced to give...