Tuesday, 23 May 2017

News from Full Council; 23rd May 2017

The first meeting of the new Cornwall Council took place today.

It was a relatively subdued affair which commenced with a minute’s silence for the victims of the terrible attack in Manchester. This was followed by a series of heartfelt tributes to Cllr Steve Rogerson who passed away suddenly during the local election campaign. A further minute’s silence was held in his memory.

Mary May (Penryn) and Hilary Frank (Saltash) were elected to serve as Chairman and Vice-Chairman of the Council. Their’s were the only nominations and both votes were unanimous.

The contest for leader of the Council was between Adam Paynter, representing the Liberal and Independent groups, and the Conservative’s Phil Seeva, who proposed a minority Tory administration.

Adam was successful – with 70 votes against the 44 secured by his Tory opponent. There was one abstention. I can confirm that the MK group voted for the Liberal and Independent administration.

And obviously, there was also time for the “first day at school” group photograph.

Thursday, 11 May 2017

The absurdity of election coverage …

As someone who has fought a lot of elections for Mebyon Kernow, both at local and parliamentary level (Westminster and European), I have worked ridiculously hard to generate coverage in the mainstream media. And it has been very, very difficult to get fair coverage for MK.

Today, MK announced that it would not be contesting seats at the 2017 General Election. It was not an easy decision. The statement can be found at: Statement on General Election

As a consequence, I have spent much of the day dealing with the media. I did a live interview with Radio Cornwall at 7.00 this morning, and I have also recorded interviews with both ITV (top left) and BBC Spotlight (top right).

It all seems so strange. We pretty much got zero coverage of our local election campaign on television and really struggled to get meaningful coverage during previous elections - even when we announced candidates!

And yet we announce we are not going to do something – we get much more coverage.

Saturday, 6 May 2017

Mebyon Kernow is top choice in Clay Country

MK activists in the St Austell and Newquay constituency focused resources on five seats for the Cornwall Council elections on May 4th and the results show that, in the local elections, MK was the most popular choice for voters.

A summary of the popular vote in the China Clay Area was as follows:

Mebyon Kernow (five candidates) – 2,383 votes
Conservatives (six candidates) – 1,739 votes
Independents (six candidates) – 1,712 votes
Liberal Democrats (six candidates) – 973 votes
UKIP (one candidate) – 100 votes

Matt Luke and I successfully defended our seats, and we achieved two second places. The others seats were won by the Conservatives (2) and independents (2).

The full results were as follows:

Conservative – 488
Garry Tregidga (MK) – 360
Liberal Democrat – 354
Independent – 84

Penwithick and Boscoppa
Matt Luke (MK) – 397
Conservative – 381
Liberal Democrat – 174

Independent – 601
Brian Higman (MK) – 369
Conservative – 140
UKIP – 100
Liberal Democrat – 72

St Dennis
Independent – 363
Independent – 271
Independent – 199
Conservative – 103
Liberal Democrat – 39

St Enoder
Dick Cole (MK) – 1,090
Conservative – 143
Liberal Democrat – 74

St Stephen
Conservative – 484
Liberal Democrat – 260
Independent – 194
Jerry Jefferies (MK) – 167

In the town and parish council election, five members were elected unopposed. These were Michael Bunney (St Goran), myself (St Enoder), Brian Higman (Roche), David Holman (St Mewan) and Matt Luke (Treverbyn).

Matt Facey stood in Mevagissey and topped the poll for the Parish Council with 515 votes, while Julie Fox polled 348 votes for a seat on St Austell Town Council – missing out on election by only 22 votes.

Well done all for your hard work and support.

Friday, 5 May 2017

A thank you to all MK candidates

As the leader of Mebyon Kernow, I would like to personally thank all the MK candidates who stood in the elections yesterday. Thank you for always having the best interests of Cornwall at heart, and thank you for having the courage to put yourselves forward. I am proud of you all.

It was another difficult election, largely because of the decision of the Westminster Parliament to call a General Election which, as someone who has been on the campaign trail across Cornwall, I know completely overshadowed local considerations.

And in this political context, I am very pleased that MK’s four existing councillors (Loveday Jenkin, Andrew Long, Matthew Luke (above) and myself) have been re-elected. This is especially so given what has happened to other “small” political parties in Cornwall and across the UK, and maintaining our strength at "County Hall" is not an insignificant achievement.

I am though gutted for Zoe Fox, who missed out on election to Cornwall Council (in Camborne Trelowarren) by only six votes, but I am pleased with strong showings in Clay Country (two second places), Breage, Germoe & Sithney (another second place) and Harrowbarrow, St Dominick & Kelly Bray (a solid third place).

[A more detailed update on the election results (including the town and parish contests) will follow in the near future].

Thank you also to all MK members and supporters who have helped out on the campaign trail. Your help and support has been greatly appreciated.


It has been a long day at the election count and, now that I am home, I would like to say a MASSIVE THANK YOU to everyone who voted for me on Thursday. I would also like to thank the many people for their kind comments throughout this day via facebook, text and phone.

For those of you who may nor have seen the full result, it was as follows:

Dick Cole (MK) - 1,090
Rachel Andrews (Con) - 143
Kate Martin (Lib Dem) - 74

This level of support is truly humbling and I will continue to work really hard for St Enoder Parish and repay the faith that you have shown in me.