Mebyon Kernow – the Party for Cornwall has launched its policy document for the 2017 Cornwall Council elections.
Titled “Standing up for Cornwall,” the document contains a total of thirty pledges, spread between ten separate sections:
- Restore faith in local government
- Protect and improve public services
- Fight for fair funding for Cornwall
- Protect the less-well-off and the vulnerable
- Boost the Cornish economy
- Demand pro-Cornwall planning policies
- Fight for proper local-needs housing
- Protect and enhance the environment
- Safeguard and invest in local facilities
- Win greater recognition for Cornwall
Party Leader Cllr Dick Cole says:
“Mebyon Kernow – the Party for Cornwall is a political party with a difference. MK is based in Cornwall and exists to win a better deal for all the people of our nation. We have no political masters in Westminster to please and will always fight for the best interests for our area.
“Our policy document shows how MK councillors will fight to protect the best interests of Cornwall, its communities and public services. And, most of all, it shows how MK councillors will be passionate and hard-working champions for their local area and Cornwall as a whole.”
Some examples of the pledges in the document are:
MK councillors will:
- Oppose unpopular top-down policies (such as the privatisation of public services and unsustainable planning policies) which are not in the best interests of Cornwall.
- Oppose the privatisation of the National Health Service and other public services.
- Campaign for decent levels of funding for local government, hospitals and social care, schools and our vital public services.
- Champion efforts to provide decent public services to support one and all – including the young, the elderly, the sick, those suffering from mental health issues, the less-well-off and those in search of work.
- Lobby central government to ensure significant investment in lieu of the loss of EU structural funds, which should also under local democratic control.
- Promote well-balanced planning policies which protect the Cornish countryside, while allowing appropriate developments that meet the needs of local communities.
- Campaign for a local-needs housing policy that will provide genuinely affordable homes rather than schemes that just make large profits for developers.
- Campaign to defend Cornwall’s green fields and historic landscapes from inappropriate and unsustainable development.
- Seek to safeguard council and community assets and services such as public buildings, playing fields, open spaces and libraries, which are vital to local towns and villages.
- Work hard to protect Cornwall’s unique identity, its language, traditions and its distinct constitutional position; and oppose the imposition of a cross-Tamar “Devonwall” seat.
To view or download the full document, please click here