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
Mike Champion, the present Mayor of Camborne, has tendered his resignation from Mebyon Kernow. He is therefore no longer MK’s prospective parliamentary candidate for the Camborne and Redruth constituency.
Mebyon Kernow – the Party for Cornwall has selected Cllr Andrew Long to contest the South East Cornwall seat at the next General Election. Andrew Long is an experienced councillor, who represents Callington on the unitary authority. He also represented the town on Caradon District Council between 2007 and 2009, and he has been a town councillor since 1999.
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.
It is almost exactly two years since hundreds of people marched through the streets of Falmouth – in truly appalling weather – to protest at the Coalition’s “Pasty Tax.” Readers of the Cornish Guardian will remember how, in his 2012 budget, the Chancellor of the Exchequer came up with a “half-baked” scheme to impose 20% VAT on hot food such as sausage rolls or pasties. You may also recall that the Chancellor was ridiculed for telling “hard-pressed Brits” to “avoid his VAT hike on hot food by buying cold pasties.”
A few months ago, I was among a large number of people who condemned the privatisation of the Royal Mail by the Conservative and Liberal Democrat Coalition.I did not support the sell-off in principle, but I was particularly angry that the shares were under-valued and that two-thirds of them were sold to “institutional investors,” including “sovereign wealth funds” in foreign countries, investment banks and hedge funds.
The biggest political story of the year is no doubt the Scottish Independence referendum. It truly is an inspiring time, UK politics tends to be a bit stuffy; endless scraps over the center ground by a cosy political consensus masquerading as political rivalry. Real change is unusual in UK politics so anything as vaguely unique and inspiring as the debate on Scotland's future is most welcome.
Cornwall can do better. No ifs, buts or maybes; we can do it. All we need are the democratic tools for the job. And that is what I am about. I want Cornwall to acquire the tools that we need in order to forge a prosperous future - a future where we make the decisions that affect us most - right here in Cornwall. It’s time that Cornish politicians put Cornwall first, instead of their party or their career. We want Cornish politicians to make the difference for Cornwall.