I am delighted to be able to report that Michael Bunney, a prominent member of the Labour Party in the St Austell and Newquay Constituency, has joined the Party for Cornwall.
I am absolutely chuffed that Michael had decided to join MK. He is a passionate Cornishman, who really has Cornwall’s best interests in his DNA and we are looking forward to working with him in the coming months and years.
“After 22 years membership of the Labour Party, and having been a parliamentary candidate, I have taken the decision to leave Labour and join Mebyon Kernow.
“This is not connected at all to the leadership election. It is a positive decision as I believe only Mebyon Kernow will truly stand up for Cornwall.
“I believe all the Westminster parties fail to understand Cornwall and they have consistently required us to follow unsuitable policies that are designed for large urban areas.
“In so many areas of policy, the one-size-fits-all approach from London has damaged Cornwall. Planning policy is ruining our beautiful landscape. House building targets are enforced on us by Westminster and yet there still aren’t houses for local people and the Government prevents Cornwall from tackling the problems of second homes. Economic policy has enforced cuts in Cornwall, while vast sums are spent on infrastructure projects elsewhere, such as HS2.
“I strongly believe Cornwall needs to make its own decisions about the future and this can only come about with proper devolution and the creation of a Cornish Assembly.
“I have been impressed by the positive, cooperative approach of Mebyon Kernow councillors, who work with all parties to get the best outcome for Cornwall. I am tired of seeing the London-based parties squabbling for political gain, while Cornwall suffers.
“MK exists to represent all the people of Cornwall, whether they were born here or have chosen to make our beautiful Duchy their home. I believe it is time for a new generation to join the campaign for Cornwall and that only MK can unite all people in working for the best interests of our local communities.
“I want to commit all my positive political energy to winning the campaign for devolution and working with MK for a better deal for Cornwall. I am delighted that this is a decision that my extended family and close friends strongly support.”