Smaller parties: Mebyon Kernow – ‘progressive left-of-centre’
In an earlier post, there was a reference to the possibility of a coalition of the left involving Labour, the Liberal Democrats and possibly other smaller parties as the most likely outcome of the 2015 election, according to Citibank’s analysts.
MK has a good presence in local politics and is putting up an able candidate in the general election: Councillor Richard (Dick) Cole – below. MK is working to build a confident and outward-looking Cornwall with the power to take decisions which direct affect the people of Cornwall, locally.
Its policies are founded on three core values:
- Prosperity for all
- Social justice
- Environmental protection
Read more here: https://www.mebyonkernow.org/policies/
- working to restore faith in local government
- protecting public services
- winning fair funding for Cornwall
- protecting the less well-off and vulnerable
- safeguarding the Cornish economy
- delivering pro-Cornwall planning policies
- delivering proper local-needs housing
- protecting the Cornish environment
- making Cornwall council democratic
- winning greater recognition for Cornwall
It found that voters in the constituency supported the devolution of more power from Westminster to Cornwall, with 60% in favour and only 19% opposed. It also found that 49% of respondents supported the creation of a Cornish Assembly (similar to that in Wales) with 31% against.
Cllr Cole (right) told conference delegates: “The First Minister of Scotland, Alex Salmond described the whole process as a ‘triumph for democracy,’ while even the Better Together campaign acknowledged that there was a ‘cry for change,’ which was likely to be ‘echoed in every part of the UK.’ “Friends, it is up to us to ensure that the echo from Cornwall reverberates across the length and breadth of the whole United Kingdom, and we must – with confidence – put our case for Cornwall into the political spotlight, and build the momentum to bring home significant political and economic powers to our local communities.”