A word from a KMTU SPOKESPERSON. ....
A glimpse of sunshine during these very bleak times of pandemic!
A few years ago, scores of Cornish people took to the border on two occasions, at the Saltash Tamar Crossing and then at Polson Bridge, where a huge crowd joined by many supporters from as far afield as Brittany actually blocked the border road at one stage with the local police looking the other way, two days of hearings at Cornwall Council in the presence of the unelected Boundary Commission where dozens of people spoke with passion, many in the Cornish language, which left the civil servants bowled over at the anger which exceeded that demonstrated anywhere else in Britain, and then thousands of letters, emails and phone calls to politicians at all levels, to members of the House of Lords, other countries, the United Nations and others has resulted in the proposal of a cross border constituency, unworkable and preposterous as the idea ever was, being dumped!
Such a constituency would have thrown to one side Cornwall's 1,000 year old border with England established by King Athelstan in 936 AD set between the English and Cornish at the high water mark of the eastern bank of the River Tamar.
However, on 25th March, 2020, Westminster Government Constitution Minister Chloe Smith announced that the plans to reduce seats to 600 had been dropped in a "change of policy".
She continued, "Since that policy was established in the coalition agreement, the United Kingdom has now left the European Union. The UK Parliament will have a greater workload now we are taking back control and regaining our political and economic independence. It is therefore sensible for the number of parliamentary constituencies to remain at 650."
Cherilyn Mackrory, Conservative Member of Parliament for Truro and Falmouth, has welcomed confirmation that the plans have been scrapped saying, “Among all the recent terrible news of the COVID-19 pandemic, it is good to see some positive news with the dropping of these changes that were opposed by so many people in Cornwall. We can now look forward to a future where Cornwall is kept whole. My congratulations to all the campaigners who made the sensible case for this in past years.”
Thank you one and all for taking part in the campaign to stop this illegal act.
No matter which way the Westminster Government cares to spin this news, it was the Cornish determination which ultimately won through.
Kernow bys vyken!