Cornwall Council elections

Cornwall Council in England, UK, was established in 2009 and is elected every four years. From 1973 to 2005 elections were for Cornwall County Council, with the first election for the new unitary Cornwall Council held in June 2009. This election saw 123 members elected, replacing the previous 82 councillors on Cornwall County Council and the 249 on the six district and borough councils (Caradon, Carrick, Kerrier, North Cornwall, Penwith, and Restormel).[1] In June 2013 the Local Government Boundary Commission for England announced a public consultation on its proposal that Cornwall Council should have 87 councillors in future.[2]

Political control

Since 1973 political control of the council has been held by the following parties:[3][4]

Non-metropolitan county

Party in control Years
Independent 1973-1985
No overall control 1985-1993
Liberal Democrats 1993-1997
No overall control 1997-2005
Liberal Democrats 2005-2009

Unitary authority

Party in control Years
No overall control 2009–present

Council elections

Non-metropolitan county elections

Unitary authority elections

County result maps

Cornwall UK local election 2009 map

2009 results map

Cornwall UK local election 2013 map

2013 results map

Cornwall Council political divisions May 2017 map

2017 results map

By-election results

1997-2001

Truro West By-Election 20 November 1997
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Independent 598 45.4 +45.4
Conservative 366 27.8 -1.2
Liberal Democrat 236 17.9 -29.1
Labour 116 8.8 -15.2
Majority 232 17.6
Turnout 1,316
Independent gain from Liberal Democrat Swing
St Ives South By-Election 5 February 1998
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative 438 38.5 +16.8
Independent 359 31.6 -19.7
Labour 177 15.6 +15.6
Liberal Democrat 163 14.3 -12.7
Majority 79 6.9
Turnout 1,137 26.6
Conservative gain from Independent Swing
Tintagel By-Election 12 November 1998
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Democrat 871 63.0
Conservative 351 25.3
Mebyon Kernow 161 11.5
Majority 520 37.7
Turnout 1,383 35.0
Liberal Democrat gain from Independent Swing
Newquay North By-Election 26 November 1998
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative 594 31.4 +9.4
Independent 452 23.9 +23.9
Liberal Democrat 435 23.0 -37.0
Independent 413 21.8 +21.8
Majority 142 7.5
Turnout 1,894 39.3
Conservative gain from Liberal Democrat Swing
Marazion By-Election 6 May 1999
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Democrat 824 50.6 +12.0
Conservative 803 49.4 +9.0
Majority 21 1.2
Turnout 1,627 37.0
Liberal Democrat gain from Conservative Swing
Callington By-Election 29 July 1999
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Independent 767 58.5 +58.5
Liberal Democrat 471 35.9 -34.5
Mebyon Kernow 74 5.6 -8.7
Majority 296 22.6
Turnout 1,312
Independent gain from Liberal Democrat Swing
Roche By-Election 28 October 1999
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Democrat 650 47.0 -10.4
Independent 291 21.0 +21.0
Conservative 237 17.1 +2.6
Labour 153 11.1 -17.0
Mebyon Kernow 52 3.8 +3.8
Majority 359 26.0
Turnout 1,383 28.1
Liberal Democrat hold Swing
St Day & Lanner By-Election 13 April 2000
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Independent 432 36.9 +36.9
Liberal Democrat 306 26.1 -23.8
Conservative 248 21.2 +2.2
Labour 186 15.9 -11.8
Majority 126 10.8
Turnout 1,172 27.6
Independent gain from Liberal Democrat Swing
Poltair By-Election 1 June 2000
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Independent 429 39.5 +12.4
Liberal Democrat 408 37.6 -4.7
Conservative 203 18.7 +18.7
Mebyon Kernow 46 4.2 +4.2
Majority 21 1.9
Turnout 1,086 20.8
Independent gain from Liberal Democrat Swing
Hayle North By-Election 20 July 2000
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Democrat 544 39.2 +8.2
Conservative 533 38.4 +38.4
Independent 201 14.5 -12.8
Independent 53 3.8 -15.7
UKIP 49 3.5 +3.5
Independent 7 0.5 +0.5
Majority 11 0.8
Turnout 1,387 26.2
Liberal Democrat hold Swing

2001-2005

Illogan North By-Election 7 February 2002[8]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Democrat Terence Rowe 792 40.5 +12.9
Liberal 785 40.1 +12.5
Independent 234 12.0 +12.0
Labour 145 7.4 -15.3
Majority 7 0.4
Turnout 1,956 35.0
Liberal Democrat gain from Liberal Swing
Looe By-Election 10 July 2003[9]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Armand Toms 848 48.2 +17.4
Liberal Democrat Walter ThomasScarah 716 40.7 +11.8
Independent Donald Webb 165 9.4 -30.9
Labour Graham McGrath 30 1.7 +1.7
Majority 132 7.5
Turnout 1,759 40.3
Conservative gain from Independent Swing
Porthleven By-Election 6 November 2003[10]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Independent William Curnow 512 75.5 +13.0
Conservative Fiona Kemp 116 17.1 +17.1
Independent George Dyer 50 7.4 +7.4
Majority 396 58.4
Turnout 678 17.1
Independent hold Swing
Redruth North By-Election 11 March 2004[11]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour 298 29.7 -12.0
Independent 227 22.6 +22.6
Conservative 205 20.4 -1.0
Liberal Democrat 176 17.5 -0.9
Independent 68 6.8 -4.8
Mebyon Kernow 16 1.6 +1.6
Liberal 14 1.4 -5.5
Majority 71 7.1
Turnout 1,004 21.0
Labour hold Swing

2005-2009

Illogan & Portreath By-Election 24 November 2005[12]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Paul Holmes 324 29.6 +10.6
Liberal Democrat David Ekinsmyth 268 24.5 +5.1
Independent Thomas Bray 216 19.7 -3.3
Conservative Mary Anson 202 18.5 +0.5
Labour Anthony Bunt 84 7.7 -8.6
Majority 56 5.1
Turnout 1,094 20.5
Liberal gain from Independent Swing
Penryn By-Election 8 February 2007
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Democrat Cait Hutchings 456 38.6 +4.3
Independent Mary May 360 30.5 +8.6
Conservative Gill Grant 207 17.5 +6.0
Labour Charlotte MacKenzie 94 8.0 -12.7
Independent Georgina Fryer 63 5.3 +5.3
Majority 96 8.1
Turnout 1,180 24.0
Liberal Democrat hold Swing

2009-2013

St Austell Bay By-Election 26 November 2009[13]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Democrat John Oxenham 690 48.2 +14.7
Conservative Bob Davidson 675 47.2 -12.3
Labour Margaret Pitches 66 4.6 -2.4
Majority 15 1.0
Turnout 1,431 41.0
Liberal Democrat gain from Conservative Swing
Camborne North By-Election 13 January 2011[14]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Jude Robinson 230 32.4 +21.7
Conservative Dennis Pascoe 203 28.6 -8.3
Liberal Democrat Anna Pascoe 152 21.4 +2.0
Liberal Paul Holmes 61 8.6 +6.4
Mebyon Kernow Mike Champion 32 4.5 -10.2
Green Jacqui Merrick 31 4.4 +4.4
Majority 27 3.8
Turnout 709
Labour gain from Conservative Swing
Bude North and Stratton By-Election 27 October 2011[15]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Democrat David Parsons 958 61.2 -11.2
Conservative Trevor Macey 395 25.2 -2.4
Labour Adrian Jones 120 7.7 +7.7
Independent Louise Emo 93 5.9 +5.9
Majority 563 36.0
Turnout 1570 29.5
Liberal Democrat hold Swing -4.4
Wendron By-Election 24 November 2011[16]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Mebyon Kernow Loveday Jenkin 427 36.4 +16.5
Liberal Democrat John Martin 262 22.3 +12.3
Conservative Linda Taylor 227 19.4 +3.8
Independent Philip Martin 177 15.1 -16.6
Labour Robert Webber 80 6.8 +3.8
Majority 165 14.1
Turnout 1175 27.8
Mebyon Kernow gain from Independent Swing +16.6
St Keverne and Meneage By-Election 20 September 2012[17]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Walter Sanger 585 55.3 +21.0
Liberal Democrat Nicholas Driver 279 26.4 +19.8
UKIP Sandy Martin 141 13.3 +13.3
Labour Steven Richards 52 4.9 +3.2
Majority 306 28.9 +28.1
Turnout 1057 28.6 -23.4
Conservative gain from Independent Swing

2013-2017

Wadebridge East By-Election 5 September 2013[18]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Democrat Steve Knightley 408 31.8 +6.9
Independent Tony Rush 399 31.1 N/A
Conservative Stephen Rushworth 217 16.9 +5.6
UKIP Roderick Harrison 202 15.7 +0.1
Labour Adrian Darrell Jones 58 4.5 -7.6
Majority 9 0.7 +0.5
Turnout 1285 40.5 -1.8
Liberal Democrat gain from Independent Swing +0.5
Illogan By-Election 10 July 2014[19]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Democrat David Raymond Ekinsmyth 277 23.8 +10.1
Mebyon Kernow Stephen Richardson 217 18.6 -6.6
Conservative Adam Desmonde 215 18.5 -10.3
UKIP Clive Polkinghorne 156 13.4 -9.1
Labour Trevor Chalker 129 11.1 +1.3
Liberal Paul Holmes 121 10.4 N/A
Green Jacqueline Merrick 50 4.3 N/A
Majority 60 5.2 +1.6
Turnout 1,165 32.4 +2.0
Liberal Democrat gain from Conservative Swing +10.2
Mabe, Perranarworthal and St Gluvias By-Election 17 July 2014[20]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Peter Williams 406 32.6 +4.2
Liberal Democrat John Ault 405 32.5 +9.6
UKIP Peter Tisdale 271 21.7 -6.9
Labour Linda Hitchcox 107 8.6 -0.3
Mebyon Kernow Karen Sumser-Lupson 58 4.7 N/A
Majority 1 0.1 -0.2
Turnout 1,247 28.5 -11.2
Conservative gain from UKIP Swing +5.6
Mevagissey By-Election 6 November 2014[21]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative James Michael Mustoe 348 32.2 +8.2
UKIP Michael Williams 281 26.0 -1.6
Labour Charmain Nicholas 204 18.9 -10.8
Liberal Democrat Christopher Maynard 197 18.2 +4.2
Green Katherine Moseley 50 4.6 -0.1
Majority 67 6.2 +4.1
Turnout 1,080 32.5 -8.0
Conservative gain from Labour Swing +9.5
Constantine, Mawnan & Budock By-Election 7 May 2015[22]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative John Bastin 1,431 47.6 –9.7
Liberal Democrat Rowland Abram 434 14.4 N/A
UKIP Chris Kinder 416 13.8 –15.2
Labour Adam Crickett 384 12.8 –0.8
Mebyon Kernow Charlotte Evans 340 11.3 N/A
Majority 997
Turnout 3,005 76.7
Conservative hold Swing
Camborne Treswithian By-Election 7 May 2015[23]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Jude Robinson 538 29.3 +4.1
Conservative David Biggs 530 28.9 +4.1
UKIP Peter Tisdale 321 17.5 -9.1
Liberal Democrat Anna Pascoe 268 14.6 N/A
Mebyon Kernow Zoe Fox 180 9.8 -13.6
Majority 8 0.4
Turnout 1,837 60.1 +31.6
Labour gain from UKIP Swing +4.8
Camborne Pendarves By-Election 20 August 2015[24]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative John Herd 325 30.3 +0.4
Liberal Democrat Nathan Billings 311 29.0 N/A
Labour Val Dalley 220 20.5 +1.8
UKIP Michael Pascoe 89 8.3 –23.5
Mebyon Kernow Deborah Zoe Fox 85 7.9 –11.8
Green Jacqueline Merrick 31 2.9 N/A
Independent Peter Channon 13 1.2 N/A
Majority 14
Turnout 1,074 32.8
Conservative gain from UKIP Swing
Launceston Central By-Election 14 January 2016[25]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Democrat Gemma Massey 515 63.0 –7.8
Conservative Val Bugden-Cawsey 226 27.6 +10.4
Green Roger Michael Creagh-Osborne 65 7.6 N/A
Christian Peoples John Allman 12 1.5 N/A
Majority 289
Turnout 818 31.0
Liberal Democrat hold Swing
Menheniot By-Election 14 April 2016[26]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Phil Seeva 532 40.5 +2.5
Liberal Democrat Charles Robert Boney 472 35.9 +11.6
UKIP Duncan Charles Odgers 177 13.5 –17.7
Labour Martin Thomas Menear 67 5.1 N/A
Green Richard John Sedgley 65 5.0 –1.5
Majority 60
Turnout 1,313 42.3
Conservative hold Swing
Wadebridge West By-Election 14 April 2016[27]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Democrat Karen McHugh 604 43.5 +19.2
Conservative Sally Marie Dunn 356 25.6 –39.3
Labour Adrian Darrell Jones 222 16.0 +5.8
Independent Helen Hyland 111 8.0 N/A
Green Amanda Pennington 95 6.8 N/A
Majority 248
Turnout 1,388 47.8
Liberal Democrat gain from Conservative Swing
Newquay Treviglas West By-Election 14 July 2016[28]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Democrat Paul Summers 486 57.8 +32.9
Conservative Carl Leadbetter 210 25.0 –2.1
Labour Julian Grover 87 10.3 –7.4
Independent Roy George Edwards 58 6.9 N/A
Majority 276
Turnout 841 28.3
Liberal Democrat gain from UKIP Swing
St Teath and St Breward West By-Election 14 July 2016[29]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Democrat Dominic Fairman 620 44.8 +13.0
Independent William Kitto 242 17.5 N/A
Conservative Jeremy Stanford-Davis 202 14.6 –2.1
Independent Susan Theobald 181 13.1 N/A
Independent Edward Jones 73 5.3 N/A
Labour David Garrigan 66 4.8 N/A
Majority 378
Turnout 1,384
Liberal Democrat gain from Independent Swing
Newlyn & Goonhavern by-election, 28 July 2016
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Democrat Maggie Vale 247 24.4 N/A
Conservative Paul William Charlesworth 234 23.1 –23.0
Independent Kenneth Yeo 163 16.1 N/A
Mebyon Kernow Rod Toms 161 15.9 -28.1
Labour Vicky Crowther 77 7.6 -2.2
Independent James Tucker 75 7.4 N/A
Independent Rob Thomas 54 5.3 N/A
Majority 13
Turnout 1,011
Liberal Democrat gain from Conservative Swing
Four Lanes by-election 1 September 2016
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Democrat Nathan Billings 300 34.7 N/A
Independent Bernard Webb 144 16.6 N/A
Conservative Peter Sheppard 128 14.8 –5.8
Labour Peter Williams 125 14.5 -5.7
Mebyon Kernow Christopher Lawrence 111 12.8 -0.9
UKIP Dan Hall 57 6.6 -21.9
Majority 156 18.1
Turnout 865 24.5
Liberal Democrat gain from UKIP Swing

2017-2021

Falmouth Smithick by-election 1 February 2018[32]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Jayne Susannah Kirkham 643 60.2 +19.9
Liberal Democrat John Martin Spagro 184 17.2 -1.7
Conservative Richard David Cunningham 184 17.2 -7.2
Green Tom Martin Scott 57 5.3 -11.1
Majority 459 43.0 +27.1
Turnout 1,068 31.1 -4.5
Labour hold Swing +13.6

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External links

1973 Cornwall County Council election

Elections to Cornwall County Council were held on 12 April 1973. This was on the same day as other UK county council elections. The whole council of 79 members was up for election and the council fell under the control of Independents.

1977 Cornwall County Council election

Elections to Cornwall County Council were held on 5 May 1977. The whole council of seventy-nine members was up for election and the result was that the Independents, despite losing nine seats, comfortably retained control, winning sixty-four seats. The Conservatives gained eight seats, ending as the second largest political group with thirteen, while Labour remained with only one member, the Ecology Party also won one, and (as in 1973) no one was elected as a representative of the Liberal Party.

1981 Cornwall County Council election

Elections to Cornwall County Council were held on 7 May 1981.

1985 Cornwall County Council election

The 1985 Cornwall County Council election for the Cornwall County Council were held on 2 May 1985, as part of the wider 1985 local elections.

1989 Cornwall County Council election

The 1989 Cornwall County Council election to the Cornwall County Council was held on 4 May 1989,as part of the wider 1989 local elections.

1993 Cornwall County Council election

Elections to Cornwall County Council were held on 6 May 1993,as part of the wider 1993 local elections. The Liberal Democrats gained control of the council, which had previously been under no overall control.

1997 Cornwall County Council election

The 1997 Cornwall County Council election, was an election for all 79 seats on the council. Cornwall County Council was a county council that covered the majority of the ceremonial county of Cornwall, with the exception of the Isles of Scilly which had an independent local authority. The elections took place concurrently with other local elections across England and Wales. The Liberal Democrats lost control of the council, which fell under no overall control.

2001 Cornwall County Council election

The 2001 Cornwall County Council election, was an election for all 79 seats on the council. Cornwall County Council was a county council that covered the majority of the ceremonial county of Cornwall, with the exception of the Isles of Scilly which had an independent local authority. The elections took place concurrently with other local elections across England and Wales. The council remained under no overall control, with the Liberal Democrats as the largest party.

2005 Cornwall County Council election

The 2005 Cornwall County Council election took place on 5 May 2005, concurrently with other local elections across England and Wales. It was the first election to take place under new ward boundaries, which increased the number of seats from 79 to 82. Cornwall County Council was a county council that covered the majority of the ceremonial county of Cornwall, with the exception of the Isles of Scilly which had an independent local authority. The Liberal Democrats gained control of the council, which had previously been under no overall control.

2009 Cornwall Council election

The Cornwall Council election, 2009, was an election for all 123 seats on the council. Cornwall Council is a unitary authority that covers the majority of the ceremonial county of Cornwall, with the exception of the Isles of Scilly which have an independent local authority. The elections took place concurrently with other local elections across England and Wales as well as the UK component of the elections to the European Parliament. Cornwall had seen its district and county councils abolished, replaced by a single 123-member Cornish unitary authority, for which councillors were elected for a full term.

All locally registered electors (British, Irish, Commonwealth and European Union citizens) who were aged 18 or over on Thursday 2 May 2013 were entitled to vote in the local elections. Those who were temporarily away from their ordinary address (for example, away working, on holiday, in student accommodation or in hospital) were also entitled to vote in the local elections, although those who had moved abroad and registered as overseas electors cannot vote in the local elections. It is possible to register to vote at more than one address (such as a university student who had a term-time address and lives at home during holidays) at the discretion of the local Electoral Register Office, but it remains an offence to vote more than once in the same local government election.

2013 Cornwall Council election

The Cornwall Council election, 2013, was an election for all 123 seats on the council. Cornwall Council is a unitary authority that covers the majority of the ceremonial county of Cornwall, with the exception of the Isles of Scilly which have an independent local authority. The elections took place concurrently with other local elections across England and Wales.

2017 Cornwall Council election

The 2017 Cornwall Council election was held on 4 May 2017 as part of the 2017 local elections in the United Kingdom. 122 councillors were elected from the 121 electoral divisions of Cornwall Council, which returned either one or two councillors each by first-past-the-post voting for a four-year term of office. Although originally scheduled to take place on the same day, the election in the Bodmin St Petroc ward was countermanded following the death of Liberal Democrat candidate Steve Rogerson and was held on 8 June.

Cornish nationalism

Cornish nationalism is a cultural, political and social movement that seeks the recognition of Cornwall – the south-westernmost part of the island of Great Britain – as a nation distinct from England. It is usually based on three general arguments:

that Cornwall has a Celtic cultural identity separate from that of England, and that the Cornish people have a national, civic or ethnic identity separate from that of English people;

that Cornwall should be granted a degree of devolution or autonomy, usually in the form of a Cornish national assembly;

and that Cornwall is legally a territorial and constitutional Duchy with the right to veto Westminster legislation, not merely a county of England, and has never been formally incorporated into England via an Act of Union.

Cornwall Council

Cornwall Council (Cornish: Konsel Kernow) is the unitary authority for the county of Cornwall in the United Kingdom, not including the Isles of Scilly, which has its own council. The council, and its predecessor Cornwall County Council, has a tradition of large groups of independent councillors, having been controlled by independents in the 1970s and 1980s. Since the 2013 elections, it is run by an Independent-Liberal Democrat coalition.

Cornwall Council provides a wide range of services to more than half a million Cornish residents. In 2014 it had an annual budget of more than £1 billion and was the biggest employer in Cornwall with a staff of 12,429 salaried workers. It is responsible for services including: schools, social services, rubbish collection, roads, planning and more.

Dick Cole (politician)

Dick Cole (born 6 April 1968) is a Cornish politician, currently serving as an elected member of Cornwall Council and the leader of the Cornish devolutionist political party, Mebyon Kernow, a role he has held since 1997. He is currently one of the longest serving political leaders in Britain. Cllr Cole was first elected MK leader in 1997. He lives in Fraddon, a village in Mid-Cornwall.

Gulval

Gulval (Cornish: Lannystli) is a village in the former Penwith district of Cornwall, England, United Kingdom

. Although historically a parish in its own right, Gulval was incorporated into the parishes of Penzance, Madron and Ludgvan in 1934, and like Heamoor, is now considered to be a suburb of Penzance. Gulval, however, still maintains its status as an ecclesiastical parish and parts of the village church date back to the 12th century. Together with Heamoor, Gulval also still retains its status as an electoral ward. The ward population at the 2011 census was 4,185.

Mebyon Kernow

Mebyon Kernow – The Party for Cornwall ([mɛbjɔn kərnou], MK; Cornish for Sons of Cornwall) is a Cornish nationalist, centre-left political party in Cornwall, a county in the southwestern United Kingdom. It currently has four elected councillors on Cornwall Council, and several town and parish councillors across the county.Influenced by the growth of Cornish nationalism in the first half of the twentieth century, Mebyon Kernow formed as a pressure group in 1951. Helena Charles was its first chair, while the novelist Daphne du Maurier was another early member. In 1953 Charles won a seat on a local council, although lost it in 1955. Support for MK grew in the 1960s in opposition to growing migration into Cornwall from other parts of England. In the 1970s, MK became a fully-fledged political party, and since then it has fielded candidates in elections to the House of Commons and the European Parliament, as well as local government in Cornwall. Infighting during the 1980s decimated the party but it revived in the 1990s.

Ideologically positioned on the centre-left of British politics, the central tenet of Mebyon Kernow's platform is Cornish nationalism. It believes that Cornwall should not be categorised as a county of England but as an independent nation within the United Kingdom alongside England, Wales, Northern Ireland and Scotland. It emphasises a distinct Cornish identity, including the Cornish language and elements of Cornish culture. It campaigns for devolution to Cornwall in the form of a Cornish Assembly. Economically, it is social democratic, calling for continued public ownership of education and healthcare and the renationalisation of railways. It also calls for greater environmental protection and continued UK membership of the European Union.

The party is a member of the European Free Alliance and has close links with Plaid Cymru, the Scottish National Party and the Breton Democratic Union.

Several former Cornish MPs have been supporters of MK, including Andrew George (Liberal Democrat), Peter Bessell (Liberal Party), John Pardoe (Liberal Party), David Mudd (Conservative), and David Penhaligon (Liberal Party). George was himself a member of MK in his youth.

Politics of Cornwall

Cornwall is administered as a county of South West England whose politics are influenced by a number of issues that make it distinct from the general political scene in the wider United Kingdom, and the political trends of neighbouring counties. Its position on the geographical periphery of the island of Great Britain is also a factor.

Cornwall shares some of the political issues of the other Celtic nations, in particular Wales, and a notable movement exists seeking greater powers of self-government within the UK, similar to that achieved in Wales. Cornish politics is also defined by its historical relationship between the Liberal Democrats (and formerly the Liberal Party), and the Conservative Party.

Robin Teverson, Baron Teverson

Robin Teverson, Baron Teverson (born 31 March 1952) is a Liberal Democrat politician, and former Member of the European Parliament.

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