Monday, 20 November 2017

Opposition to Devonwall constituency

At tomorrow’s meeting of Cornwall Council, I have tabled a motion reaffirming the unitary authority’s opposition to a cross-Tamar parliamentary seat.

It will be as follows:

1. Cornwall Council write to the Prime Minister and the UK Government to request that they (a) take measures to end the parliamentary boundary review and stop the imposition of a cross-Tamar Devonwall constituency, and (b) ensure that future boundary reviews respect the articles of the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities and guarantee that parliamentary constituencies remain fully within the boundaries of Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly;

2. Cornwall Council write to all the Members of Parliament for Cornwall to seek their urgent and active support for the efforts of the unitary authority and others to ensure that Cornwall’s territoriality is respected.

The motion has full cross-party support. It is seconded by Jesse Foot (Lib Dem) and is also supported by Stephen Barnes (Labour), Bert Biscoe (Independent), Martin Eddy (Lib Dem), Andrew Long (MK) and James Mustoe (Conservative).

I will update with the outcome tomorrow.

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