Mebyon Kernow have welcomed this afternoon’s decision by the House Of Commons in Westminster to delay agreeing to the proposals for re-organising constituencies which would have created a cross-border Westminster seat which put parts of North Cornwall with North West Devon.
“We are naturally delighted by the resounding rejection of the Conservative proposals to push forward with a Devonwall constituency for the 2015 elections. These proposals were flawed and failed to take into account Cornwall’s cultural, historical and political border of the Tamar and had created an unusual situation of cross party unity with the local branches of the Conservative, Liberal Democrat and Labour Parties all supporting the Mebyon Kernow backed campaign to respect the border.” Said MK deputy leader Councillor Andrew Long.
“However, it was disappointing to see that it took a spat between the two partners in the London regime for this to be, at least for the moment, consigned to the dustbin where it belongs. There were many good reasons to vote against the Government proposals, least of all the effect of creating this unwanted Cross Border constituency, but it seems the vote was won because the Liberal Democrats acted like petulant children following the defeat of the Lords reforms last year. It is important to realise that the only way we can ensure that this never raises its head again is to ensure that in 2015 Cornwall elects MPs that will Put Cornwall First. This means voting Mebyon Kernow” he added.
The House of Commons voted by 334 votes to 292 to reject the proposals for the new boundaries and to back the Lords vote to delay any changes until at least 2018.