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MK briefing on “devolution deal”

MK’s National Executive and elected councillors have produced the following briefing on the so-called “devolution deal” for Cornwall. We are desperately disappointed at the content of the “devolution deal” published on 2nd December 2022. It does not include the transfer of far-reaching powers from Westminster to Cornwall as has happened in Wales and Scotland since 1999. The deal is simply a range of accommodations between central government and Cornwall’s unitary authority. The consultation from the administration in Truro claims that “it’s…

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On this day in 2001: 50,000 for home rule

Twenty-one years ago today, a delegation from Cornwall visited 10 Downing Street to deliver the list of names (on a CD) of the 50,000 people who had signed declarations in support of a Cornish Assembly. The delegation included MK leader Cllr Dick Cole and leading figures from the Cornish Constitutional Convention. Looking back to the declaration campaign, Cllr Dick Cole said: “It was an immense statement that 50,000 people signed individual declarations seeking greater powers for Cornwall, and it remains a…

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Consultation on “devolution deal”

Cornwall Council has just commenced a ten-week consultation on its so-called “devolution deal,” which Mebyon Kernow has rightly described as “not devolution at all.” Speaking on behalf of MK, Party Leader Cllr Dick Cole has criticized the consultation as “biased,” but he has also called on supporters of greater powers for Cornwall to use the consultation to demand proper devolution. He said: “The so-called ‘devolution deal’ is not devolution at all. It is simply a range of accommodations between central government…

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Disappointment at Labour’s “devolution” plans

Just days after the Conservatives published their weak and inadequate “devolution deal,” the Labour Party has published “A New Britain: Renewing Our Democracy and Rebuilding Our Economy.” It is the report from their “Commission on the UK’s Future.” Speaking on behalf of Mebyon Kernow, Party Leader Cllr Dick Cole said: “This new Labour document, which sets out their approach to constitutional change, is a massive disappointment from a Cornish perspective. There is no proposal for a Cornish Parliament. In fact, the…

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MK statement on proposed “devolution” deal

Earlier today, a Government Minister (Dehenna Davison) and the leader of Cornwall Council (Linda Taylor) signed a “devolution deal” for Cornwall. The Conservatives will soon be launching a ten-week consultation on the document, which will start on Friday 9th December.   Mebyon Kernow leader Dick Cole called on people to take participate in the consultation and challenged the UK Government to support “meaningful devolution” for Cornwall. In a statement issued today, Cllr Dick Cole said: “The promise of additional funding for…

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ONS update: 108,860 wrote “Cornish” on 2021 census

On Tuesday 29th November, the Office of National Statistics issued a press release, which stated that “just under 100,000 people” identified as Cornish on the 2021 Census. Unfortunately, the press release included a number of errors and the published figures did not include everyone who wrote-in Cornish on their census forms. A subsequent meeting was held between a number of officers from Cornwall Council / Cllr Dick Cole and representatives from the ONS to discuss concerns about the press release. It…

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