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Local Government Boundary Commission publishes its final version of Cornwall’s 2021 council electoral divisions

Local Government Boundary Commission publishes its final version of Cornwall’s 2021 council electoral divisions

Today’s publication follows three phases of public consultation and draws new boundaries for each council division across Cornwall. The Commission’s final recommendations propose that Cornwall should be represented by 87 councillors in the future: 36 fewer than the current arrangement. The recommendations also propose that those councillors should represent 87 one-councillor divisions across Cornwall. Professor Colin Mellors, Chair of the Commission, said, “We are extremely grateful to people across Cornwall who took part in the review. The Commission has looked…

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Is Bude for the Many or For the Few?

Is Bude for the Many or For the Few?

The scandal of homelessness and insecurity in Cornwall this Christmas. by the Chair of Bude & Stratton Labour Party Bude Foyer We live in a beautiful place. Bude and North Cornwall people are the friendliest I have ever known. There is a real sense of local community, especially in the dark winter months. I am lucky. I have a home which is the heart of my family life, a warm and secure place for my children to be themselves. But…

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Cornwall’s Tories tell their MPs to “chuck Chequers” but only one of those MPs – so far – is publicly calling on Theresa May to quit

Cornwall’s Tories tell their MPs to “chuck Chequers” but only one of those MPs – so far – is publicly calling on Theresa May to quit

19th November 2018 By Graham Smith A clear majority of Cornwall’s MPs appear set to vote against Theresa May’s proposed Brexit deal.  It is less clear if they have also called on Mrs May to resign. All six of Cornwall’s MPs are Conservatives and at least four of them have now declared their opposition to the proposed deal.  The alternatives, assuming that the Prime Minister survives any attempts to unseat her as leader of the Tory Party, are (at the…

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A crucial week for the National Health Service and the prospects for Cornwall’s “Kennally Care”

A crucial week for the National Health Service and the prospects for Cornwall’s “Kennally Care”

19th November 2018 By Graham Smith A legal challenge to Accountable Care Organisations – which many see as an existential threat to the National Health Service – is set for a crucial week.  The outcome of the case will determine whether Cornwall Council’s “Kennally Care” project, which seeks to centralise strategic health commissioning at County Hall, makes further progress. The Court of Appeal is due to hear a case brought by the campaign group 999 Call for the NHS tomorrow…

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Dignity Bags for Foodbank

Dignity Bags for Foodbank

To all North Cornwall Labour Members Next Tuesday evening, 30th October and the following Tuesday evening, 6th November we have joined with TEX https://texwithbenefits.com/ to make some dignity bags for the food bank. We are intending that each volunteer makes a bag appropriate for either a male or female and between now and the 14th December we will fill them up with personal items to take to the food bank as our contribution to the homeless for Christmas. The sessions will…

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Cornwall loses its A-team as three top managers set to depart County Hall’s Children’s Services

Cornwall loses its A-team as three top managers set to depart County Hall’s Children’s Services

18th October 2018 By Graham Smith Cornwall’s social workers are reeling this morning (Thursday) from news that their leadership team at County Hall is to leave. The three most senior figures in the Children’s Services department – Trevor Doughty, Jack Cordery and Jane Black – will all leave Cornwall Council next year.  All three are highly regarded in their sector and are credited with having rescued a service which had been previously been condemned as “inadequate” and which had been…

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The restructuring of Cornwall’s Health service – continued.

The restructuring of Cornwall’s Health service – continued.

The Kennally Care project to restructure Cornwall’s health service approaches a “gateway” – with lawyers and politicians in close attendance 8th October 2018 By Graham Smith Cornwall’s health and social care chiefs are preparing to pass through the first of their self-defined “gateways” to embrace a radical restructure of the National Health Service, putting County Hall in charge of strategic commissioning and paving the way for the possibility of greatly increased privatisation. The tortuous creation of what is now called…

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CORNWALL GOES TO CONFERENCE – LIVERPOOL 2018

CORNWALL GOES TO CONFERENCE – LIVERPOOL 2018

  by North Cornwall Delegate, Ray Shemilt. Before getting on to my main report I am going to say a few words with reference to my Labour Journey so far: Back in June 2015, I re-joined the party to support Jeremy Corbyn’s candidacy for leadership. I had resigned in 2003 following TB’s invasion of Iraq and standing with my fellow comrades, including of course Jeremy Corbyn and John McDonnell, on that massive “Stop the War” march in February 2003. The…

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Revealed – the new health map of Cornwall, showing the winners and losers of the Shaping Our Future jigsaw

Revealed – the new health map of Cornwall, showing the winners and losers of the Shaping Our Future jigsaw

3rd October 2018 By Graham Smith   The location of Cornwall’s new Urgent Treatment Centres – designed to offer high-tech medical facilities and relieve pressure on the Royal Cornwall Hospital’s over-stretched Accident & Emergency service – have been identified as Penzance, Truro and Bodmin. The news will come as a shock to people in East Cornwall, who had reason to believe that Liskeard was the health chiefs’ preferred location.  Early plans to provide a new UTC at Camborne also appear…

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Cornwall’s vision of the future for children’s services – back to the Poor Laws, as means-testing creeps on to the agenda

Cornwall’s vision of the future for children’s services – back to the Poor Laws, as means-testing creeps on to the agenda

25th September 2018 By Graham Smith Cornwall Council is considering the introduction of means-testing its children’s services, forcing families to explain why they cannot pay for help from the private sector before offering assistance from County Hall. The move is outlined in the council’s “One Vision” plan for children and young people, a consultation document published last month to describe how the council and NHS Kernow might work together in future. The services cover a wide range of support for young…

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