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"We, the People of Cornwall, must have a greater say in how we are governed.
We need a Cornish Assembly that can set the right democratic priorities for Cornwall
and provide a stronger voice for our communities in Britain
, in Europe
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."

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Latest news

24th March 2014
Minister signals 'appetite' for Cornwall devolution deal
West Briton
"Speaking to the Western Morning News, Mr Clark signalled his enthusiasm for
their plans.  He said: 'Cornwall is a place, from the Government's point of
view, where there's been a particular appetite to do a deal with'.

'It's a place that exemplifies par excellence my view that the people that know best
what is needed for the area are the people who live and work there' . . ." more
 
19th March 2014
Devolution's biggest hurdle : Whitehall's culture of contempt
INLOGOV Blog
"Regarding local government, it's hard to know whether the politicians who signed up to
that 2010 decentralisation pledge, or the Ministers subsequently responsible
for implementing it, ever really believed in it – other than as
a vote-winning slogan . . ." more
 
15th March 2014
Achieving Political Decentalisation
Institute for Government
"In recent decades, UK parties of all political persuasions have made commitments to
decentralise power.  This is, in many ways, unsurprising.  The UK is one of the most
centralised countries of its size in the developed world, and English local
government has the most circumscribed powers of any
equivalent tier internationally . . ." more
 
11th March 2014
OPINION : Cornish Assembly deserves a fair hearing
"Most people 'east of the border' – as well as residents of Cornwall itself – may have been
baffled by Mebyon Kernow's St Piran's Day call for a national assembly . . ." more
Western Morning News 10th March 2014
 
11th February 2014
Gwenno Saunders : This is Cymru Calling
"I see a need for every one of the countries that make up these isles to have the power
to choose their own destiny, we need to move away from a centralised government
that has no interest in what’s happening on the periphery . . ." more
 
7th January 2014
I Will Push for Cornish Recognition
"I recently got an email regarding the recognition of the Cornish People within the
Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities from the
Cornwall Branch Celtic League.
This is something on which I have consistently led the campaign in Parliament . . ." more
 
3rd December 2013
Chair Julian German's Address to Convention AGM
"The Steering Group has reaffirmed our fundamental tenants that; we are charged
with advancing progress toward a democratically-elected Assembly for Cornwall,
that we should be examining real and realistic models of constitutional change
for Cornwall, and we should be speaking the truth to power
– something we have always done well . . ." more

Cornwall Council Leader John Pollard's Address to Convention AGM
I have to tell you that I believe that it is by further empowering Cornwall Council
that Cornwall can take control of its own destiny. Cornwall Council is now
the one representational body that Cornwall has and that's the way it
should be. We do not need any further tiers of government
and we must share our power and responsibility with
the Towns and Parishes . . ." more
30th November 2013
ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING & CONFERENCE
The Judge's Dining Room : Bodmin Town Council
Shire House  Mount Folly
BODMIN  PL31 2DQ
 
30th January 2013

Cornish Constitutional Convention welcomes MPs vote to defer plans for
Devonwall seat

"Our historic border should not be compromised.
Cornwall is one of the constituent parts of the United Kingdom; other borders are not
crossed for parliamentary seats and Cornwall should not be the exception. We are
content that the government wishes to review the number of MPs but Cornwall
has a strong identity and our border is one of the oldest in Europe. We were
totally opposed to a cross border constituency and welcome the fact
that this will not happen at the next General Election."

 
28th August 2012
Open Letter to Sarah Newton MP
"I'm suprised that, in preparing your article, you did not contact me or colleagues to clarify
the Convention's position. We welcome constructive discourse, as I am sure you will
recall from your attendance at our pre-election Annual General Meeting and
your participation in the debate that day . . ." more
 
20th August 2012
Autonomy not Autocracy - George Eustice and Sarah Newton are Wrong
"Nobody in Cornwall has ever said that the devolution campaign, which focuses on the clear
and easily understood concept of a ‘Cornish Assembly’, seeks separation or divorce
from Britain, or to break the Union - this is rubbish put about by people who don’t want
to think carefully about how good governance works, or how good governance
needs to embrace both history and geography – and feelings . . ." more
 
22nd February 2012

Cornwall Council Cabinet Reshuffle
Congratulations to Julian German, whose new Cornwall Council Cabinet post, Localism,
Sustainability and Devolution, offers a real opportunity . . ." more

 
3rd February 2012

Cornish Constitutional Convention – the Next Phase
"There are a number of important factors which will affect how we proceed
in the next period . . ." more

 
3rd November 2010

Cornish Constitutional Convention Annual General Meeting 2010
10:00 am 20th November 2010
Truro City Council Chamber,  Boscawen Street,  Truro
Agenda

Chair's Letter to Members
"On November 20th at 10am in Truro City Council Chamber we will hold our
10th Annual General Meeting. I think the best way of briefly reviewing
the year for you is to describe an incident that occurred a few
weeks ago at Cornwall Council . . ." more

 
23rd July 2010

Cornish Constitutional Convention celebrates its 10th aniversary

The First Decade (Part I)
"Somebody from the Campaign for English Regions (based in Newcastle) made a speech
in Launceston. He told the audience that Cornwall would be included in the proposed
South West, and a democratically elected regional assembly would be set up.
He said we had no choice and asked us to join him in
bringing this great project to fruition . . ." more

The First Decade (Part II)
"By 2000 Cornwall was awaking from a long voyage. The triumphs and degradations
of its industrial and inventive past lay silent. The elastoplast of a tourism, founded
on a myth of tranquil decline, was peeling away to reveal unhealed wounds,
and poverty, chronic depression and decay . . ." more

 
14th November 2009
Cornish Constitutional Convention Annual General Meeting 2009
Chairman's Report
"The Cornish Assembly is now the mainstream issue in forward-moving Cornish politics.
It is one of those developments that officials and government now
assume will happen . . ." more
 
13th October 2009
The Next Push
"The new Cornwall Council unitary authority is a step along the way to secure effective,
efficient, responsive and forward-looking governance for Cornwall, a peripheral,
distinctive and different British region . . ." more
 
14th July 2009
Government of Cornwall Bill
introduced by Dan Rogerson MP, North Cornwall
"A Bill to establish and make provision about the Cornish Assembly; to transfer functions
and powers to the Assembly; and for connected purposes . . ." more
 
4th June 2009
Minister 'Stands Ready' to give Cornwall more 'Local Empowerment'
Press Release from Andrew George MP
Website link to House of Commons Debate 3rd June 2009
 
5th March 2009
Cornwall: A New Beginning?
"Cornwall must be ambitious and proud. We are an outstanding region in the UK.
So let’s be outstanding in our political ambitions: . . ." more
 
10th May 2008
Letter to Blair Thompson, Chair, Cornwall Strategic Partnership
"I am writing in response to the invitation to advise the process of forming the Sustainable Communities Strategy . . ." more
 
1st December 2007

Council Leader Whalley hints at new partnership and new role for Convention
“There is something inevitable about the journey to a Cornish Assembly!”

“We are at the beginning of a process, and we have a strategy to achieve our long term ambition to ensure that decisions about Cornwall, which affect Cornwall and shape Cornwall, are made in Cornwall. The Government is beginning to see the light . . ." more

 
26th July 2007
The Cornish Unitary – A reflection on new challenges
(Cornish World and West Briton)
"Let's get the collective brain in gear – it's time to step across the unitary stone and head for the Assembly on the other bank, via the Cornish dispersed city region . . ." more
 
17th July 2007

HM Treasury Press Release
Government Review empowers regions and localities to spread
economic opportunity to all

"The Government is today launching the review of sub-national economic development and regeneration, setting out bold plans to ensure that every area of the country has the
opportunity to benefit from rising prosperity . . ." more

 
17th July 2007
HM Treasury Publication
Review of Sub-National Economic Development and Regeneration

"The economic trends of globalisation and technological change will make it increasingly
important that places can respond quickly and flexibly to economic change if they are to
increase prosperity and tackle effectively concentrations of
disadvantage . . ." more (835kb)
 
21st June 2007
Submission to Local Government Review
" I am writing on behalf of the Cornish Constitutional Convention to offer its view of the ‘One Cornwall' bid and options for Cornwall . . ." more
 
6th February 2007
Resolved by Cornwall Council 23rd January 2007
"Proposition: Without prejudice to the submissions made by Cornwall County Council or the district councils, the Leader and CEO of Cornwall County Council convene an urgent meeting
of Leaders and CEOs of all Cornish principal authorities to propose an agreement to
submit a joint outline proposition for further discussion with her to
the Secretary of State to include: . . ." more
 
30th January 2007

A Good Start to 2007
"I am writing following the meeting at Cornwall Council on 23rd January at which the Council decided to submit a bid to the Local Government Review . . ." more

 
23rd January 2007
Letter to Ruth Kelly MP, Secretary of State DCLG
"If we are to achieve the best for the people of Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly, and if we are to
fulfil our potential in a creative and sustainable way, then we need to perceive of Cornwall
& the Isles of Scilly as a rural and peripheral equivalent of a city region
– a dispersed, rural city . . ." more
 
28th December 2006

Western Morning News
Why did 30000 people march through the streets of Hayle?
"As we snooze away Christmas meals bureaucratic wheels are turning which may reorganise local government in Cornwall . . ." more

 
29th November 2006

Towards the Cornish Governance Proposition
Objective: Best value governance of public sector services delivery...building on
existing assets, including the LAA and Strategic Partnerships . . . more

 
26th November 2006
Regional Spaces, Spaces of Regionalism:
Territory, Insurgent Politics and the English Question

Presentation slides (6.3 Mb pdf) of article by Martin Jones and Gordon MacLeod from
Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers, Volume 29, Issue 4, pp 433-452
Full text available from Blackwell Synergy
 
26th October 2006
Cornish Convention welcomes new white paper
Historic opportunity – time to set aside differences and be inclusive
"We welcome publication of the white paper. The invitation to present a proposition
for the future management and delivery of public services in Cornwall
(and the Isles of Scilly, if it wishes to participate)
is unique and historic . . ." more
 
30th June 2006
The Cornish Proposition
letter to Tim Jones, Acting Leader, Restormel Borough Council
 
United Council Backs Campaign For Cornish Assembly
"Restormel Borough Council has thrown its full weight behind the campaign for a
Cornish Assembly and agreed to take a pro-active role . . ." more
 
29th June 2006

Cornwall & the Isles of Scilly - Framing the proposition
letter to Rt Hon Ruth Kelly MP, Secretary of State for Communities & Local Government

 
21st June 2006
Why Britain should pay homage to Catalonia
Simon Jenkins in The Guardian
download printable version (pdf)
 
19th June 2006
Letter to Dr Phyllis Starkey MP, chair of ODPM Select Committee,
sent following the session of the committee at which Convention Chair Bert Biscoe
gave evidence in June 2006
 
26th May 2006

Cornwall & the Isles of Scilly – a new model for the future
letter to Rt Hon Ruth Kelly MP, Secretary of State for Communities & Local Government

 
13th March 2006
Cornwall County Council - Lyons Commission Resolution
"There is keen interest in Cornwall in reforming the governance of
public service delivery . . ." more
 
9th March 2006
CORNISH ASSEMBLY CAMPAIGN MAKES RADICAL PROPOSAL
TO GOVERNMENT’S LYONS COMMISSION
"It’s time to ask, what would an assembly actually do?. . ." more

Read the Convention's Introduction and Submission to the Lyons Commission

 


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