Cornwall’s Liberal Democrats have reacted with anger at Theresa May’s plans for a Parliamentary seat straddling the border between Cornwall and Devon, generally known as Devonwall.
Frances Tippett, Chair of Cornwall Liberal Democrats – and former Councillor for the northernmost parishes of Morwenstow, Kilkhampton, and Launcells – said: “We support the principle of equally sized constituencies, but only if flexibility is applied to take account of natural communities; and this vast rural constituency could hardly be seen as that.
This boundary review was always flawed, based on a Tory calculation that it would gain them seats. The losers from their cynicism will be the poor and disadvantaged across Cornwall and beyond, those who feel so let down by the political system that they do not register to vote and therefore are not counted when these reviews are done; yet are the very people whose interests should be paramount in all that we do in the future.
As the Electoral Reform Society point out, the real scandal here is that the poor and marginalised will be less not more represented in our democracy, and so I urge local people on both sides of the border to hold their Conservative MPs to account and to oppose these unnecessary and damaging proposals.”
Dan Rogerson, Liberal Democrat Parliamentary Candidate for North Cornwall, and former MP added: “In the last Parliament, Cornwall’s Liberal Democrat MPs voted against similar proposals and blocked them. Now Cornwall has six Conservative MPs. The people of the Duchy will be watching to see whether the hapless six have the ear of the Prime Minister and can change her mind on this, or whether they are powerless lobby-fodder for this anti-Cornwall Government.”