Tuesday, 11 October 2016

Plaid Cymru MP tables parliamentary motion against Devonwall

I am very please to be able to report that, at the request of Mebyon Kernow, Plaid Cymru's Jonathan Edwards MP has tabled an Early Day Motion in the House of Commons which sets out opposition to the creation of a cross-Tamar parliamentary constituency.

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I am very grateful to Jonathan for his continuing support for Cornwall.

The EDM, numbered 487, reads as follows:

"That this House notes that the Boundary Commission for England's Review of Parliamentary Constituencies has recommended the creation of a cross-Tamar Devonwall seat which would link parts of Cornwall with land in the neighbouring English county of Devon; recalls that the Boundary Commission has made this recommendation because the review is being guided by the Parliamentary Voting System and Constituencies Act (the Act), which was agreed in 2011 and did not recognise Cornwall as a distinct political unit; further notes that in 2014 the Government recognised the Cornish as a national minority through the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities and announced that, 'The decision to recognise the unique identity of the Cornish, now affords them the same status... as the UK's other Celtic people, the Scots, the Welsh and the Irish;' believes that the Act and the creation of a Devonwall seat are in conflict with the Framework Convention; and therefore calls for an amendment to the Act so that future parliamentary constituencies for Cornwall lie entirely within the historic boundaries of Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly."

MPs from all political parties represented in London now have the opportunity to show their opposition to Devonwall. Please feel free to put pressure on Cornwall's six MPs to sign the EDM.

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