The bizarre Whitehall ‘Devonwall’ plan to merge East Cornwall and parts of Plymouth into an electoral constituency has bitten the dust.
Deputy PM Nick Clegg announced yesterday the strange dream was over as he admitted no-one could agree on the constitutional reform behind the move.
Nationalists and protestors welcomed the news.
Cllr Dick Cole explained: “It has been widely reported that David Cameron has withdrawn Conservative support for plans to create a directly elected House of Lords.
“Senior Conservatives have told the Liberal Democrats that it would be impossible to get enough Tory support to force the measure through the House of Commons.
Senior Liberal Democrats are meanwhile reported as saying that “Lords reform is effectively dead” but have warned that the move would have “consequences”.
This is very good news for Cornwall.
He went on: “It is great news that the creation of a cross-Tamar parliamentary seat will almost certainly not happen and that the territorial integrity has been safeguarded for Westminster elections.
“But it is important that the Prime Minister makes a prompt announcement that the Boundary Review has been curtailed with immediate effect.”
Cllr Cole was particularly scathing about the two Coalition parties.
He added:“Many people campaigned hard to oppose the Devonwall seat and we must celebrate the news that it is not going to happen.
“But the Boundary Review has only been ended because of primitive and self-interested political bartering between the Coalition parties.
“We must never forget that both the Conservatives and Liberal Democrats voted through the Parliamentary Voting System and Constituencies Bill, which would have created a Devonwall seat.
“We must never forget that both the Conservative and Liberal Democrat Ministers dismissively ignored our opposition to Devonwall.
“And we must never forget that over 95% of Coalition MPs opposed an amendment to protect the integrity of Cornwall, and that five of Cornwall’s six MPs supported the finalised Bill with their votes.”