The leader of Mebyon Kernow – the Party for Cornwall has appealed to everyone in Cornwall to redouble their efforts to oppose the creation of a cross-Tamar constituency.
Cllr Cole was speaking as the “Boundary Commission for England” (BCE) opened its second consultation on proposals for new parliamentary boundaries across the UK – which included a “Devonwall” seat.
An initial 12-week consultation was held in Autumn 2016 and almost 20,000 responses were received. These have now been published and can be viewed on their consultation website: www.bce2018.org.uk
The “Boundary Commission for England” has stated the following:
“You had the chance to tell the BCE what you thought about their proposals in the first consultation; this is now your opportunity to say what you think about other suggestions made during that consultation. You can support counter-proposals, highlight issues with alternative ideas and say where you think BCE’s original proposals are still the best solution.”
The consultation last until 27th March.
Speaking on behalf of Mebyon Kernow, Cllr Dick Cole said: “We strongly object to the proposal for a ‘Devonwall’ constituency which would be a disaster for Cornwall, breaching our historic border which has existed for more than one thousand years.
“We are fully aware that the Boundary Review process is dictated by the Parliamentary Voting System and Constituencies Act 2011, which would inevitably lead to a cross-Tamar seat.
“Now is the time for everyone who believes Cornwall should be protected as a coherent national, cultural, political and economic unit, to lobby the Boundary Commission, local MPs and the UK Government to show how strongly we feel about keeping Cornwall Whole.
“And now is the time to increase the pressure on Westminster politicians to either modify the legislation to safeguard Cornwall’s territoriality or put an end to this Boundary Review in its entirety.”