Local campaigners have warned that voting for Mebyon Kernow in North Cornwall could lead to a setback for the campaign for a fair deal for Cornwall.
Mebyon Kernow have today announced Orlando Kimber as their Parliamentary candidate for the North Cornwall constituency at the next General Election in May.
With the North Cornwall seat set to be a close contest between the Conservatives and the Lib Dems, voting for Mebyon Kernow would help to unseat Dan Rogerson, a longstanding campaigner for devolution to Cornwall.
Lib Dem MP Dan Rogerson said, “I welcome that a range of candidates are standing in North Cornwall at the next election, but the reality is that only two of us are going to win – either me or the Conservative.
“As local MP I have always stood up to protect and promote Cornish culture, heritage and language, and for devolution of powers to a law-making Cornish Assembly. In contrast the Conservatives have been indifferent at best and obstructive at worst, having called for the campaign for a Cornish Assembly to be ditched and tried to stop the decision to give National Minority Status to Cornwall.
“Voting for Mebyon Kernow, or anyone else, will only help the Conservatives to win here and will damage the campaign for a fair deal for Cornwall.”
Two polls carried out in the North Cornwall constituency by Lord Ashcroft published in June and September 2014 both suggested that the result would be a tie between Lib Dem Dan Rogerson and the Conservative candidate.
The 2010 election in North Cornwall was also a close contest between the Lib Dems and the Conservatives, with UKIP, Labour and Mebyon Kernow all getting less than 5% of the vote each. No party apart from Liberal/Lib Dem or Conservative has ever won the North Cornwall seat since it was created in 1918.