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Overview

In July 2000 Mebyon Kernow launched the Declaration for a Cornish Assembly campaign which some three months later led to the creation of The Cornish Constitutional Convention with the objective of establishing a devolved Assembly for Cornwall. In less than two years, it had won the support of over 50,000 people, which equates to more than 10% of the Cornish electorate. A delegation led by the West Cornwall Liberal Democrat MP Andrew George and representatives of the Cornish Constitutional Convention ( Bert Biscoe, Richard Ford, Dick Cole, David Fieldsend and Andrew Climo Thompson) presented 50,000 declarations to 10 Downing Street on Wednesday 12th December 2001 calling for a Cornish Assembly. This was an opportunity to give the people of Cornwall the chance to demand greater control over their own future. Mebyon Kernow (Cornish for Sons of Cornwall, often abbrieviated MK) is a political party in the United Kingdom. ... Cornwall (Cornish: Kernow) is a county at the extreme South-West of England on the peninsula that lies to the west of the River Tamar. ... Liberal democracy is a form of representative democracy where elected representatives that hold the decision power are moderated by a constitution that emphasizes protecting individual liberties and the rights of minorities in society, such as freedom of speech and assembly, freedom of religion, the right to private property and privacy... Andrew George Andrew Henry George (born 2 December 1958, Mullion, Cornwall) is a British politician. ... Cornwall (Cornish: Kernow) is a county at the extreme South-West of England on the peninsula that lies to the west of the River Tamar. ...


The Convention is a cross-party, cross-sector association with a strong consensus of support both in Cornwall and elsewhere. It is not campaigning for any form of separatism or independence. The aim of the Convention is to establish a form of modern governance which strengthens Cornwall, her role in the affairs of the country, and positively addresses the problems that have arisen from more than a century of growing isolation and loss of confidence. Cornwall (Cornish: Kernow) is a county at the extreme South-West of England on the peninsula that lies to the west of the River Tamar. ...


A Scottish Parliament, Welsh Assembly, Northern Ireland Assembly and a London Assembly have been established, but Cornwall remains the only Celtic nation within the British Isles to have no form of effective self-government. For the national legislative body up to 1707, see Parliament of Scotland. ... The National Assembly for Wales (or NAfW) (Welsh: Cynulliad Cenedlaethol Cymru) is a devolved assembly with power to make legislation in Wales, and is also responsible for most UK government departments in Wales. ... The logo of the Northern Ireland Assembly is a six flowered linen or flax plant, chosen for the plants historical economic importance to the region. ... The London Assembly is an elected body that supervises the Greater London Authority and the Mayor of London. ... Cornwall (Cornish: Kernow) is a county at the extreme South-West of England on the peninsula that lies to the west of the River Tamar. ... The Six Nations considered the heartland of the modern Celts Celtic Nations refers to areas of Europe that are supposed to have been inhabited by members of Celtic cultures, specifically speakers of Celtic languages. ... The British Isles consist of Great Britain, Ireland (usually) and a number of much smaller surrounding islands. ... Self-governance is an abstract concept that refers to several scales of organization. ...


Labour’s response has been to ignore the overwhelming public support for a Cornish Assembly. Instead, it has constructed a network of bogus unelected and unaccountable bodies such as the South West Regional Assembly and the South West Regional Development Agency, which have taken control over areas such as economic development, housing and strategic planning, further and further away from the communities of Cornwall. Regional Assembly is a title which has universally been adopted by the English bodies established as regional chambers under the Regional Development Agencies Act 1998. ...


In addition, devolved government based on Cornwall would also create the space to allow the current functions of Cornwall Council to be devolved downwards - to councils that are based on local communities.


"We, the People of Cornwall, must have a greater say in how we are governed. We need a Cornish Assembly that can set the right democratic priorities for Cornwall and provide a stronger voice for our communities in Britain, in Europe and throughout the wider world."


The Lib Dem Cornish Manifesto 2005

The Liberal Democrats (who control Cornwall and Cornwall Council) support the Cornish Assembly and have called for a Cornish Development Agency. They state that "the SW regional assembly is undemocratic and unaccountable. They believe Cornwall should be able to take decisions about local services locally, in our own elected assembly answerable to local people. Successive Governments have taken power away from Cornwall, giving them instead to unelected bureaucrats and quangos in the regions and Whitehall. The result is that local decisions which affect us are taken by people far away, WHO NEVER EVEN VISIT - LET ALONE USE - the local services, and are not answerable to the local community when things go wrong. A Cornish Assembly would be Cornwall's voice, with local knowledge to take decisions on local services. The system would be more effective and accountable" The Liberal Democrats, often shortened to Lib Dems, are a liberal political party in the United Kingdom. ... A bureaucrat is a member of a bureaucracy, usually within an institution of the government. ... Whitehall, London, looking south towards the Houses of Parliament. ...


Assembly Facts

1. Cornwall Council's Feb 2003 MORI Poll showed 55% in favour of a democratically-elected, fully-devolved regional assembly for Cornwall, (this was an increase from 46% in favour in a 2002 poll). Many English and other nationalities who have settled in Cornwall wish to see an assembly as some of these people identify closely with Cornwall and actually feel 'Cornish'. London, Wales and Scotland have devolved assemblies and are still part of the United Kingdom as well as the Isle of Man, Jersey and Guernsey - why not Cornwall ? Mori (森) is a Japanese family name. ... The English are an ethnic group associated with England and the English language. ... Cornwall (Cornish: Kernow) is a county at the extreme South-West of England on the peninsula that lies to the west of the River Tamar. ... Joe Cornish, British TV presenter. ... London is the capital city of the United Kingdom and of England and is the most populous city in the European Union. ... For an explanation of often confusing terms such as Great Britain, Britain, United Kingdom, England and Wales and England, see British Isles (terminology). ... Motto: Nemo me impune lacessit (English: No one provokes me with impunity) Scotlands location within Europe Scotlands location within the United Kingdom Languages English, Gaelic, Scots Capital Edinburgh Largest city Glasgow First Minister Jack McConnell Area - Total - % water Ranked 2nd UK 78,782 km² 1. ...


2. The Cornish Assembly petiion was signed by 50,000 people, which is the largest expression of popular support for devolved power in the whole of the United Kingdom and possibly Europe. The Cornish Assembly could replace the unelected Government of the South West and Cornwall Council with one directly elected Assembly with the power to make real changes for the better of Cornwall. It would be Cornwall's voice, with local knowledge to take decisions on local services. The system would be more effective and accountable by being answerable to local people.


3. The campaign has the support of all five Cornish Lib Dem MP's, Mebyon Kernow, most Independents and Cornwall Council amongst others. Lib Dem logo The Liberal Democrats (Lib Dems) are a social liberal political party based in the United Kingdom. ... Mebyon Kernow (Cornish for Sons of Cornwall, often abbrieviated MK) is a political party in the United Kingdom. ...


4. In March 2004 a Morgan Stanley Bank survey showed that 44% of the inhabitants of Cornwall believe themselves to be Cornish rather than British or English.


5. Lord Whitty, in the House of Lords, recognised that Cornwall has a "special case" for devolution and on a visit to Cornwall John Prescott said "Cornwall has the strongest regional identity in the UK." John Lawrence Larry Whitty, Lord Whitty of Camberwell (born 15 June 1943) is a British Labour Party politician. ... This article is about the British House of Lords. ... Devolution or home rule is the granting of powers from central government to government at regional or local level. ... John Leslie Prescott (born May 31, 1938) is a British Labour Party politician who is Deputy Prime Minister, First Secretary of State and MP for Hull East. ...


6. The argument for territorial devolution starts from the fact that the present system is unable to govern either effectively or equably. Its administration, based in one small corner of England, appears to view the other parts of England (as well as Scotland, Wales and Cornwall) as provinces of an empire. The devolution which Westminster has so far offered to England is regionalisation: a top-down division into administrative areas with fixed boundaries beyond debate. This is the opposite of regionalism: regions built on people's own sense of identity. It is unlikely that any regions will command widespread support and loyalty unless they have real powers and are accountable to the local and very local communities within them. To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ...


7. Alone among the Celtic nations and regions of Europe, (Cornwall, Brittany, Galicia, the Irish Republic, the Isle of Man, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales), Cornwall has no form of effective self-government. Devolution in the UK as a process that has led to the establishment of a Scottish Parliament, Assemblies for Wales and Northern Ireland, a London authority and proposals for administrative devolution within the English regions. This process is incomplete without proposals for a Cornish Assembly. The Six Nations considered the heartland of the modern Celts Celtic Nations refers to areas of Europe that are supposed to have been inhabited by members of Celtic cultures, specifically speakers of Celtic languages. ... World map showing Europe Europe is one of the seven continents of Earth which, in this case, is more a cultural and political distinction than a physiographic one, leading to various perspectives about Europes borders. ... Cornwall (Cornish: Kernow) is a county at the extreme South-West of England on the peninsula that lies to the west of the River Tamar. ... Traditional coat of arms This article is about the historical kingdom, duchy and French province, as well as one of the Celtic Nations . ... Galicia (Spain) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia /**/ @import /skins-1. ... Dieu et mon droit (motto) (French for God and my right)2 Northern Irelands location within the UK Main language English Other recognised languages Irish, Ulster Scots Capital and largest city Belfast First Minister Office suspended Secretary of State for Northern Ireland Peter Hain MP Area  - Total Ranked 4th... Motto: Nemo me impune lacessit (English: No one provokes me with impunity) Scotlands location within Europe Scotlands location within the United Kingdom Languages English, Gaelic, Scots Capital Edinburgh Largest city Glasgow First Minister Jack McConnell Area - Total - % water Ranked 2nd UK 78,782 km² 1. ... For an explanation of often confusing terms such as Great Britain, Britain, United Kingdom, England and Wales and England, see British Isles (terminology). ...


See also

This is a list of topics related to Cornwall, UK. The Cornwall category contains a more comprehensive selection of Cornish articles. ... Andrew George Andrew Henry George (born 2 December 1958, Mullion, Cornwall) is a British politician. ... Matthew Taylor can refer to: Matthew Taylor, English Liberal Democrat MP. Matthew Taylor, English football (soccer) player. ... Julia Goldsworthy MP Julia Anne Goldsworthy (born September 10, 1978) is a British politician. ... Dan Rogerson is the Liberal Democrat MP for Cornwall North, first elected at the 2005 General election. ... Colin Edward Breed (born May 4, 1947) British politician. ... Regional Assembly is a title which has universally been adopted by the English bodies established as regional chambers under the Regional Development Agencies Act 1998. ... The English Core Cities Group is an association of eight large regional cities in England: Birmingham, Bristol, Leeds, Liverpool, Manchester, Newcastle upon Tyne, Nottingham and Sheffield. ... The constitutional status of Cornwall, in the southwest of Great Britain, is the subject of ongoing debate. ...

External links

  • Cornish Assembly Official Website 2006
  • Cornish Assembly Petition Calling on the UK Government to hold a referendum in Cornwall on the question of establishing a Cornish Assembly.
  • Cornish Assembly - Senedh Kernow (archive)
  • Mebyon Kernow
  • Motion to Cornwall Liberal Democrats' Conference Nov 2005
  • Blair gets Cornish Assembly call
  • Scots leader backs Cornish Assembly
  • George takes Cornish Assembly Campaign to Downing Street
  • Prescott pressed on Cornish Assembly poll
  • Minister leaves door open for Cornish Assembly
  • House of Commons Hansard Debate on Regional Government 12 Jul 2005
  • The Cornish: A Neglected Nation?
  • Territorial Devolution
  • South West Regional assembly

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Cornish Assembly information - Search.com (1159 words)
The aim of the Convention is to establish a form of modern governance which strengthens Cornwall, her role in the affairs of the country, and positively addresses the problems that have arisen from more than a century of growing isolation and loss of confidence.
Cornwall Council's Feb 2003 MORI Poll showed 55% in favour of a democratically-elected, fully-devolved regional assembly for Cornwall, (this was an increase from 46% in favour in a 2002 poll).
Cornish Assembly Petition Calling on the UK Government to hold a referendum in Cornwall on the question of establishing a Cornish Assembly.
Cornish Assembly Information (325 words)
The Cornish Assembly is a proposed devolved regional assembly for Cornwall in the United Kingdom along the lines of the Scottish Parliament, National Assembly for Wales and Northern Ireland Assembly.
A delegation led by the West Cornwall Liberal Democrat MP Andrew George and representatives of the Convention (Bert Biscoe, Richard Ford, Dick Cole, David Fieldsend and Andrew Climo Thompson) presented the declaration to 10 Downing Street on Wednesday 12 December 2001.
Cornish Assembly Petition Calling on the UK Government to hold a referendum in Cornwall on the question of establishing a Cornish Assembly.
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