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MK leader says no to Devonwall
The leader of Mebyon Kernow – the Party for Cornwall has challenged the Prime Minister to scrap the Boundary Review that would lead to the creation of an unpopular cross-Tamar constituency.

Cllr Dick Cole has also called on all of Cornwall’s Conservative MPs to publicly commit themselves to voting against Devonwall if the boundary changes are presented to the House of Commons.

Cllr Dick Cole said:

“The strength of opposition to Devonwall was demonstrated, once again, by last week’s debate at the unitary authority, when elected members voted by 86 to 11 to stand up for Cornwall as a political unit.

“It is therefore shameful that the BCE ignored calls from Cornwall to challenge central government on the flawed basis of the whole process, not least because of the breach of the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities.

”There have been numerous reports that Theresa May and her Government were likely to “pull the plug” on his Review and a number of senior Tories have told journalists that the attempt to reduce the number of MPs from 650 to 600 is doomed to failure.

“The recommendations of BCE will almost certainly not be supported by any opposition MPs and an increasing number of Conservatives are also against the changes

”Surely now is the time for Theresa May to end this farce of a Boundary Review, to repeal the underlying legislation, and think again about how future reviews might be carried out, while protecting the territorial integrity of Cornwall.

“Steve Double MP has opposed Devonwall for considerable period of time and it is to be welcomed that Scott Mann MP has also given a guarantee that he will vote against the changes.
“For the sake of Cornwall’s democratic future, all Cornish MPs need to make it clear that they will vote to protect the territorial integrity of Cornwall and say no to a cross-Tamar seat.”
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By Dick Cole. Published on 19th September 2018.

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