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MK disappointed at census debate
The Order for the 2021 Census (which does not include a Cornish tick-box) was pushed through the House of Commons on 6th May and the House of Lords on 12th May.

Some MPs were present in the chamber for the House of Commons debate, while other spoke via Zoom video-conferencing. Amendments for a Cornish tick-box were not allowed.

Apart from the Government Minister, Chloe Smith, a total of 11 MPs contributed to the debate. Three MPs - Steve Double (St Austell & Newquay), Cherilyn Mackrory (Truro & Falmouth) and Hywel Williams on behalf of Plaid Cymru – called for a Cornish tick-box.

The Minister said the Census would be the “most inclusive ever” but when on to confirm that she would not be including a Cornish tick-box. She also praised MPs for the quality of the debate (mostly for Sikh and Cornish tick-boxes) and then ignored their requests.

The House of Lords debate was fully virtual. In addition to the Government Minister Lord True, a total of 21 peers took part. Six spoke in favour of a Cornish tick-box – Plaid Cymru’s Lord Wigley, three Lib Dems (Lord Rennard, Lord Goddard and Lord Wallace) and two Conservatives (Lord Bourne and Baroness Anelay). At the end of the debate, Lord True simply restated what Chloe Smith had said in the Commons.
Speaking after the debates MK Leader Cllr Dick Cole said: “The UK Government recognised the Cornish as a national minority in 2014 and promised that we would be treated in the same manner as the UK’s other Celtic peoples. These debates have shown that promise to be very, very hollow. But in spite of these latest setbacks, we intend to carry on the campaign.”
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Published on 14th May 2020.

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