From Cornwall Reports: https://cornwallreports.co.uk
Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn has promised to invest heavily in Cornwall through a new network of devolved banks, with local authorities having a key role in deciding what projects to back.
Mr Corbyn’s remarks, at a private meeting of South West Labour Party activists on Saturday night, was warmly received by the dozens of Cornish party members who have travelled to Brighton for their annual conference.
Mr Corbyn’s promise is very close to the sort of deal sought by the Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Local Enterprise Partnership – although it could be subject to Brexit, as Labour’s position will come under even more intense scrutiny over the next 24 hours.
The Labour leader also promised to end Cornwall’s over-reliance on tourism and the consequent culture of job-insecurity and low wages. Mr Corbyn said he was planning to visit Cornwall within the next few weeks to lead a fresh drive for voter-registration.
Two constituencies in Cornwall – Camborne & Redruth and Truro & Falmouth – are on Labour’s list of “must win” seats if Mr Corbyn is to become Prime Minister with an overall majority.
The star of the conference so far, however, has turned out to be a 15-year-old schoolgirl from Bude. Indigo Haynes, whose parents are both Labour Party activists in North Cornwall, was the first local constituency party speaker of the event. Despite a very warm reception from the other constituency delegates, her call for the Labour Party to allow Cornish party members more control over their organisational structure was rejected by the block votes of the trade unions.