Speaking on the first St Piran’s Day since the Cornish were granted national minority status, North Cornwall’s MP Dan Rogerson has called for more decision-making powers to be taken away from London and given to Cornwall.
Mr Rogerson joined Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg and Leader of the Liberal Democrats on Cornwall Council, Councillor Jeremy Rowe, in calling for the establishment of a law-making Cornish Assembly.
Under Liberal Democrat plans the Cornish Assembly (Senedh Kernow) would be formed out of the existing Council. It would be up to people in Cornwall to negotiate which powers the new Cornish Assembly would take from Westminster and Whitehall. More local decisions and powers that currently lie with Cornwall Council would then be given down to existing town and parish councils under a ‘double devolution’ proposal.
Commenting, North Cornwall’s MP Dan Rogerson said:
“I have always fought to make sure that government policy respects and takes account of our unique needs and circumstances, as well as Cornwall’s Celtic history, culture and identity.
“Despite resistance and indifference from the Conservatives, Liberal Democrats in Coalition Government have made sure that the Cornish were granted National Minority status, have fought for funding to preserve and promote the Cornish language, and have made sure that decisions about economic development are made in Cornwall instead of being part of an artificial ‘South West’ region. But there is more to do to make sure that decisions are taken in Cornwall and in the best interests of Cornwall.
“That’s why Liberal Democrats want to see a law making assembly so that more decisions about the issues that affect us can be made in Cornwall instead of in Westminster. This is something that I have long campaigned for, and which the Lib Dems nationally are now committed to delivering if we form the next government.
“In contrast the Conservatives have previously called for the campaign for a Cornish Assembly to be ditched and tried to stop the decision to give National Minority Status to Cornwall.”
Cornwall Council Lib Dem Leader and councillor for St Issey and St Tudy, Jeremy Rowe, said:
“Our plans for a Cornish Assembly could mean more power for representatives in Cornwall to improve areas such as housing, health care, education and public transport. Cornwall could choose to have different rules to England on a whole range of policy areas like academy schools, health service spending, right-to-buy, second home ownership and bus services.”