Thursday, 28 April 2016

SNP and Plaid Cymru table Early Day Motion in support of the Cornish language

An Early Day Motion has been tabled in the House of Commons today, calling for the Government to reverse its cuts to the Cornish Language.

The primary sponsor is Angus McNeil (SNP) who represents Na h-Eileanan an Iar, and the motion is also sponsored by Mhairi Black, Deidre Brock, Drew Hendry and Angus Robertson (all from the SNP) plus Jonathan Edwards of Plaid Cymru.

Jonathan Edwards, you may recall, spoke at the MK Conference in 2011, when we marked the tenth anniversary of the 50,000 declarations for a Cornish Assembly

The motion states the following:

“That this House supports the indigenous and oldest languages of these islands, the Celtic languages; and therefore calls on the Government to reverse its cuts to the smallest and most vulnerable of these languages, Cornish, and instead calls for the support and appreciation of this historical cultural jewel.”

At the time of writing, it has been supported by 18 MPs. They are all members of SNP or Plaid Cymru, plus one Labour MP (Conor McGinn; St Helens North).

Please write to your MPs asking them to support EDM 1429.

There is also the online petition on the Parliament website, which calls on central government to continue to provide annual financial support for the Cornish language, which can be located at:

If you haven’t already signed the petition, please do so and contact as many of your friends as you can and ask them to do the same.

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