Making Cornwall Council Democratic
Mebyon Kernow – the Party for Cornwall is committed to open and inclusive decision-making at all levels of governance.
Protecting the Cornish Environment
The threat of climate change is the defining issue of modern politics and the world is facing serious environmental threats. All nations around the World must meet this challenge head-on and put the issues of sustainability at the heart of decision-making.
Delivering Proper Local-Needs Housing
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.
Delivering Pro-Cornwall Planning Policies
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).
Safeguarding the Cornish Economy
Mebyon Kernow is committed to improving Cornwall’s economic performance, helping people to provide a better future for themselves and their families, whilst protecting our exceptional natural environment.
Protecting the Less Well-Off and Vulnerable
Mebyon Kernow 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.
Winning Fair Funding for Cornwall
For too many years, Cornwall has had a raw deal from Westminster. Hospitals, schools and our vital public services have received less funding than other parts of the United Kingdom. This situation has been greatly worsened by the cuts of the Coalition government.
Protecting Public Services
MK councillors will continue to stand up for Cornwall and strongly oppose the excessive and damaging cuts of the Conservative and Liberal Democrat Coalition.
Working to Restore Faith in Local Government
Local government must be founded upon the bedrock of public service and MK members have an extremely proud record of working hard for their communities.
Winning Greater Recognition for Cornwall
Mebyon Kernow exists to win greater recognition for the historic nation of Cornwall and the rights of its people. It is leading the campaign to win greater powers for Cornwall through the creation of our own legislative Cornish Assembly.
Putting Cornwall First
Our policies are founded on three core values:
- Prosperity for all
- Social justice
- Environmental protection
Mebyon Kernow – the Party for Cornwall today (St Piran’s Day) launched a consultation document entitled “Towards a National Assembly of Cornwall.” MK has a manifesto commitment to the creation of a National Assembly of Cornwall, with powers broadly equivalent to the present Scottish Parliament, and the document sets out what greater self-government could mean for Cornwall.
Mebyon Kernow will launch a devolution white paper on St Piran's day. Highlighting MK's ideas on what powers should be devolved to Cornwall.
Mebyon Kernow – the Party for Cornwall has selected Rob Simmons to contest the St Ives Constituency at the next General Election.
Mebyon Kernow have called on central government to take urgent action to get the main rail line into Cornwall re-opened following storm damage overnight on Tuesday at Dawlish in Devon.
My article in this week’s Cornish Guardian addresses the inequality in British Society. I have a strong belief we should do all that we can to build a more equal and just society. But the newspapers and the news on radio or television are full of evidence of the inequality throughout British society.
There are various Lib Dem leaflets and bold website pronouncements going around, for example: Liberal Democrats deliver £700 tax cut for working people. Referring to the raising of the income tax threshold. The inference is that the Lib Dems are a low tax party. That their support of the Conservative dream of a small state means they are saving you money. As we come to expect this is nothing but spin and bluster and taxes are in fact going up, when we consider regressive VAT rises and council tax 'hikes'.
My column in this week’s Cornish Guardian focused on the Government response to the devastating storms and floods that have hit Cornwall and elsewhere.
The Coalition’s latest pronouncements on energy price rises is a sham, and once again will cause Cornwall to suffer more than any other part of the UK.