The Liberal Democrats have announced this week that they will campaign at the next General Election to introduce a Cornish Assembly.
Liberal Democrats in Cornwall have long fought for greater powers for the Duchy and for recognition of Cornwall's unique heritage, culture and constitutional status. In 2009 Dan Rogerson MP introduced the Government of Cornwall Bill to Parliament which proposed a legislative Assembly for Cornwall similar to the National Assembly for Wales.
Introducing a Cornish Assembly was already a national Liberal Democrat party policy, but will now feature in the party's planned manifesto for the next General Election in May 2015.
This will allow a plan which will see Cornwall take a range of decision making powers from Westminster and Whitehall and transfer them to a Cornish Assembly.
Commenting, Dan Rogerson MP said "Despite opposition and disinterest from Conservatives, Lib Dems have made sure that the Cornish are recognised with national minority status, by providing funding to support the Cornish language and in making sure that more decisions are taken here in Cornwall through bodies like the Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Local Enterprise Partnership."
Dan added, "Of course there is more to do, and more that we would like to do. That's why if Liberal Democrats are part of the next government we would introduce a law-making Cornish Assembly. Bringing more powers and decision making to Cornwall will give local people a great say over issues like schools, jobs, housing, healthcare and public transport allowing decisions to be taken in Cornwall and in the best interest of Cornwall."