Saturday, June 12, 2021

Mebyon Kernow on the up

As the eyes of the world have been on Cornwall over the last few days, this might be a good moment to mention that the Cornish nationalist party Mebyon Kernow, a sister party of both the SNP and Plaid Cymru, did reasonably well in the elections to Cornwall Council last month - it increased both its vote share and its number of seats.

Popular vote:

Conservatives 37.9% (+2.7)
Liberal Democrats 18.5% (-11.3)
Independents 16.3% (-4.0)
Labour 11.3% (+3.3)
Greens 9.1% (+7.1)
Mebyon Kernow 5.3% (+2.0)


Conservatives 47 (+1)
Independents 16 (-14)
Liberal Democrats 13 (-25)
Mebyon Kernow 5 (+1)
Labour 5 (-)
Greens 1 (-)

It's not easy for a minority party to win multiple seats under first-past-the-post, and the increase from four to five is even better than it looks because the overall number of seats on the council was drastically reduced for this election.  Sadly, though, in an overall sense the result was probably a setback for Cornish autonomy, because the Tories took control of the council with an overall majority.  The previous council leader had been an independent, and was on record as regarding Cornwall as a Celtic nation worthy of Scottish/Welsh-style devolution.  It's hard to imagine a Tory administration taking a similar attitude.

*  *  *

Have you signed our parliamentary petition calling for devolution of powers over broadcasting to the Scottish Parliament? If you haven't yet, you can do so HERE.


  1. I was in Cornwall on holiday last month. There's about a million holiday homes and cottages filed with retirees from english england. Much like in Wales the natives are being bred to extinction.
    Which, sadly it seems, is Mrs murrell's policy for Scotland with her pledge over unlimited immigration and 200,000 new homes.

    1. Do you watch GB news?

      I suppose we could go for a policy that sees 2 million skilled workers flee the country creating an acute key labour shortage, preventing businesses operating, and so causing rising unemployment.

      And empty shelves.

  2. Football? No post on football? You guys gonna beat England on Friday?

  3. There used to be at least two parties in the mid 1970's to 2000 competing for Cornish Independence. The Cornish National Party still exist and have 2 parish councillors.