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
Mebyon Kernow’s Annual Conference will take place on Saturday 19th November 2016 in the Council Chamber at Lys Kernow (“New County Hall”), Truro.
Mebyon Kernow leader Cllr Dick Cole has appealed to people across Cornwall to maximise their efforts to oppose the imposition of a Devonwall seat. This follows the receipt of an unhelpful letter from the Minister for the Constitution, Chris Skidmore MP, about MK’s request for a simple amendment to the Parliamentary Voting System and Constituencies Act to prevent the creation of a cross-Tamar seat.
Mebyon Kernow has described the Boundary Committee’s proposal for a “Devonwall seat” as a “travesty of history, democracy and Cornwall’s very nationhood.” But the Party for Cornwall has also put the blame for the proposal firmly at the door of the UK Government. The Boundary Commission (for England) has today publicised its recommendation for a cross-Tamar “Bideford, Bude and Launceston” seat, which would include land stretching from St Teath and St Breward, to Bude and Launceston.
The leader of Mebyon Kernow has again challenged Cornwall six Conservative MPs to oppose the creation of a cross-Tamar “Devonwall” parliamentary constituency.
"Sita have already made their profit from Bristol for treating the waste, they have already made a profit from selling the gas and the diesel from the Avonmouth plant, and now they want to make a profit from us for disposing of the left overs in a plant paid for by Cornish tax payers."
I don’t envy Cornwall Councillors, they are in a hot-air balloon that is in danger of crashing and have to throw everything out to survive, including their own principles. This is why they have published a report, (well actually a series of reports), about their efficiency and how they work, so that the Government won’t pull the rug out from under them.
I have today received a response from Chris Skidmore MP, Minister for the Constitution, to a representation I sent to him in August about the Boundary Review. I had formally requested that he make an amendment to the Parliamentary Voting System and Constituencies Act to safeguard Cornwall's territorial integrity. I made specific reference to the importance of the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities.
"People like Farmer George see nothing wrong in saying what a special place Cornwall is, and then fail to stand up for the territorial integrity of Cornwall when faced with the prospect of forming a combined parliamentary seat with Devon, the so called “Devonwall” seat."