An end to austerity politics
Mebyon Kernow – the Party for Cornwall is working with progressive alternatives across the United Kingdom, such as Plaid Cymru and the SNP, to bring an end to the austerity agenda of the London-based political parties.
Decent public services for all
Mebyon Kernow – the Party for Cornwall is committed to a just and fair society. We believe effective public intervention is needed to combat poverty, tackle social deprivation and fight for the disadvantaged, and to tackle ills in Cornish society, such as social deprivation, unemployment, low wages and poor housing.
A strategy for a sustainable economy
Mebyon Kernow is campaigning for the rebalancing of the United Kingdom economy, away from the present concentration on London and the South East of England. This includes a commitment to an Economic Fairness Act to ensure that Cornwall gets its fair share of government investment.
A fair tax system
MK is committed to effective public intervention to tackle ills in society such as unemployment and poor housing. This means that there is a need for a sufficient public resource and this implies fair and redistributive taxation.
Planning in and for Cornwall
Mebyon Kernow – the Party for Cornwall supports well-balanced planning policies which protect the Cornish countryside, while allowing appropriate developments that meet the needs of local communities (ie. proper local-needs housing).
Affordable homes for local people
Mebyon Kernow – the Party for Cornwall believes that local families have a fundamental right to good quality housing, both for purchase and rent, in their own communities and at a price that is truly affordable to people of Cornish wages.
A Climate Change Act for Cornwall
Mebyon Kernow understands that unsustainability is truly global and must be tackled through action at worldwide as well as local levels.
Fair funding for Cornwall
Mebyon Kernow – the Party for Cornwall has a proud record of campaigning for fair funding for Cornwall and its local communities. We know that Cornwall gets a raw deal from Westminster.
Greater self-government for Cornwall
Mebyon Kernow believes that the historic nation of Cornwall, with its own distinct identity, language and heritage, has the same right to self-determination as other constituent parts of the UK, such as Scotland and Wales.
A more just and peaceful World
Mebyon Kernow is an internationalist and outward-looking political party. Our vision for Cornwall and the World is underpinned by respect for the diversity of the planet, both its human cultural traditions and its natural environment.
A reformed Europe
It is our belief that nations and regions throughout the World should work together, but that does not mean we are not critical of how the European Union is presently constituted. The Europe of today is one of centralisation, limited democratic control, big business and bureaucracy, and MK – along with many other progressive groups in the European Free Alliance – is campaigning for the increased democratisation of the EU, greater transparency and increased Cornish representation.
Recognition for Cornwall
In 2014, central government bowed to years of pressure and recognised the Cornish people through the Framework Convention on National Minorities. This cultural recognition, embodied in minority status, is a landmark ruling. The challenge now for the people of Cornwall must be to achieve a wider acceptance of our right to greater control over our political, civic, and economic lives through the creation of a legislative National Assembly of Cornwall.
Putting Cornwall First
Our policies are founded on three core values:
- Prosperity for all
- Social justice
- Environmental protection
The leader of Mebyon Kernow has again challenged Cornwall six Conservative MPs to oppose the creation of a cross-Tamar “Devonwall” parliamentary constituency.
Two Mebyon Kernow councillors have issued a last-ditch appeal to the Inspector reviewing the Cornwall Local Plan to remove the so-called “eco-community” from the document.
Many MK members will know that Cllr Loveday Jenkin had been invited to be a guest on BBC Radio 4’s Any Questions, which is due to take place at the Tolmen Centre in Constantine on Friday evening (29 July). But we have just found out that the invitation has been rescinded and Cllr Jenkin will no longer be a participant on the programme.
Mebyon Kernow councillor urges government to stop talking and start acting on work to improve the A38 in Cornwall
A senior Mebyon Kernow Councillor has urged Westminster to stop talking about the state of the main trunk road through South East Cornwall and start acting on improving the road to bring it up to the same standard as the A30 across the Duchy.
Join MK in lobbying for greater recognition for Cornwall 3: Letter to the Prime Minister and Cornish MPs
On behalf of Mebyon Kernow, I have today sent a letter to the Prime Minister, copied to Cornish MPs, setting out my concerns that the UK Government is failing to act on the articles within the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities.
In May, the Office of National Statistics (ONS) published its initial response to the public consultation on topics for possible inclusion in the 2021 Census. In this, the ONS stated that they were not minded to include the option of a Cornish tickbox, adding that there would be a further consultation on options for the census questions on identity in the near-future.
In less than one month, the Boundary Commission will be announcing its provisional proposals for the new parliamentary boundaries for the 2020 General Election. The Review is being driven by the Parliamentary Voting System and Constituencies Act and, as the legislation stands, it would inevitably mean the creation of a Devonwall constituency.
In April 2014, the Westminster Government finally recognised the Cornish people through the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities. But since then, the Westminster establishment has failed to act on this recognition of our national status and have actually undertaken action after action which have been detrimental to Cornwall.