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MK demands Party Election Broadcast
Mebyon Kernow has today stated that it would be “absurd and undemocratic” for the Party for Cornwall to be denied the opportunity to have a Party Election Broadcast (PEB) during the upcoming General Election.

MK was responding to a BBC Trust consultation on which political parties should qualify for PEBs. The criteria states that a “political party would qualify for one PEB” if it stands in a “minimum of one sixth of the seats up for election” in one of the “home nations” of England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales.

Speaking on behalf of MK, Party Leader Cllr Dick Cole said:

“We consider this recommendation – which would deny Mebyon Kernow airtime – is both absurd and undemocratic.

”How can it be fair that MK, a Cornish political party, would need to stand in all six seats within Cornwall, as well as a further 83 seats outside of Cornwall, in order to be allowed a broadcast?”

“By contrast, the recommendation would mean that political parties in Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales would only have to stand in three, ten and seven seats respectively. This has meant that, over recent elections, a host of political parties – including the Christian Party (Wales), Scottish Green Party, Scottish Socialist Party and the Scottish Trade Union and Socialist Coalition – have all been allocated airtime.”

In his representation, Cllr Cole has repeated his previous calls that genuine “regional” or “national” parties, which stand candidates in most (or all) of the seats in a particular region or nation – including Cornwall – should be allowed a PEB.
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Published on 12th January 2015.

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