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
This weekend, the leader of Devon County Council claimed that Cornwall was “too small” to secure devolved powers. John Hart also argued that Cornwall should work with the English counties of Devon and Somerset to request the decentralisation of some powers to the wider South West.
Following the decision of a Planning Inspector to suspend the Public Examination into the Cornwall Local Plan and demand an “uplift” in the housing target, Mebyon Kernow has repeated its call that all decisions about planning and planning policy which affect Cornwall should be taken in Cornwall.
Mebyon Kernow’s economic spokesman has condemned the decision of the Conservative Government to sell off its stake in the Royal Bank of Scotland at a loss.
More than thirty years after the houses were built Beacon Rise Park has finally got sensible street signs
Firstly many thanks to those of you that supported me at this election. My agent who was wonderful and a real rock for me to lean on. My helpers who delivered almost 20 thousand leaflets. Everyone that sent me messages of encouragement. A special thanks to all those that showed faith in me and put their x next to my name and my party.
Now that the general election is done Mebyon Kernow will be taking a long hard look at itself. While the Lib Dems and the Labour Party are clearly falling apart, and support for UKIP will undoubtedly fall off now that the question of the UK's EU membership is about to be settled once and for all, MK has basically stood still.
It was a privilege to represent MK in the St Austell and Newquay seat in the 2015 General Election, and to be able to work with such a wonderful team of fantastic and committed people, who have Cornwall’s best interests at heart.
Thanks to everyone who has pledged to the Crowdfunder appeal for my General Election campaign in the St Austell and Newquay constituency.