Friday, 21 October 2016

Plaid Cymru supports funding for Cornish language

It is fantastic to see the Plaid Cymru Conference (taking place at Llangollen) unanimously backing a motion in support of funding for the Cornish language. As a long-standing member of Plaid - going back to my college days in Lampeter - I am once again delighted to see the Party of Wales support for Cornwall and its culture.

What a massive contrast to the MPs which represent Cornwall at Westminster and have failed to oppose cuts to the language funding or battle against the imposition of a Devonwall seat.

Thursday, 20 October 2016

Opposing Devonwall on Radio Cornwall

Following on from yesterday’s debate in the House of Commons on the parliamentary boundary review, I did an interview on Radio Cornwall setting out my opposition to Devonwall. I followed and commented an interview by Scott Mann MP.

If you want to listen, you can go to

The interview is on just after the 2.00 o'clock mark.

I have also done a very short interview for the “south west” segment of Sunday’s Politics Show. It is my understanding they intend to broadcast a few seconds in their “sixty second round-up” for the week.

Wednesday, 19 October 2016

Conservative MPs fail to stand up against Devonwall

In the House of Commons today, Cornwall's Conservative MPs voted against a motion from the Scottish National Party to abandon the parliamentary boundary review.

The motion was tabled by Pete Wishart MP. It called for a reduction in the number of unelected peers in the House of Lords and also for plans to reduce the MPs to be abandoned. But it was defeated by 245 votes to 278, with Steve Double, Scott Mann, Sheryll Murray, Sarah Newton and Derek Thomas all voting with the Government.

I find it especially shocking that the MPs failed to even use the opportunity to speak out against the proposed Devonwall seat.

Sunday, 16 October 2016

Back in circulation ...

Regular viewers of this blog will have noticed it has been quite quiet over the last few days. That is because I have been enjoying a week's holiday in North Wales, but I am now back in Cornwall and ploughing through a mass of phone messages and emails. 

If you have left me a message, please bear with me ... I will soon be in contact.

Wednesday, 12 October 2016

Plaid Cymru AM to speak at MK Conference

I am pleased to be able to report that the Plaid Cymru Assembly Member Steffan Lewis will be attending and speaking at MK's upcoming Annual Conference.

Steffan was elected to the National Assembly of Wales, earlier this year, for the South Wales East region. He is a long-standing supporter of a range of Cornish causes and I am looking forward to hear what he will have to say about Plaid's recent progress.

The Conference will be a fully open event and, as well as party members, anyone interested in finding out more about Mebyon Kernow would be very welcome to attend.

It will take place on Saturday 19th November 2016 in the Council Chamber at Lys Kernow (“New County Hall”), Truro.

There will be a range of speakers and there will be many updates on campaigns such as MK’s call for meaningful devolution to a National Assembly, our opposition to the cross-Tamar “Devonwall” seat, our push for greater investment in Cornwall’s public services, our demand for greater control over planning, and so much more.

Watch out for regular updates about the 2016 Conference on the MK website in the coming weeks.