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by Andrew George

I recently got an email regarding the recognition of the Cornish People within the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities from the Cornwall Branch Celtic League.

This is something on which I have consistently led the campaign in Parliament.

I successfully pressed for the Cornish language to be included in the European Charter for Regional or Minority languages 10 years ago.

And I’ve pressed successive Government Ministers on this since, along with promoting other campaigns to protect and promote the Cornish culture and language.

So I continue to fight for proper Cornish recognition

I will be discussing this matter again with Ministers to seek progress in the recognition for the Cornish.

You may also be aware that I met with the Deputy Prime Minister last year to discuss proposals for devolution to Cornwall.

I set out below a copy of a my question to him in the House of Commons.

[i] Andrew George (St Ives) (LD): The Deputy Prime Minister will be well aware that Cornwall is a distinctive region within the UK, with its own unique language and history, and that it has modest ambitions for devolution, not to cut itself off, but to cut itself into the celebration of diversity. Will he meet a delegation from Cornwall so that we can explore how Cornwall can help the Government to make better and more efficient decisions there?

The Deputy Prime Minister: I would be more than happy to meet a delegation such as my hon. Friend suggests. As he knows, this Government are pursuing a radical agenda of devolution, not just to the devolved Administrations within the UK, but to the regions and communities within England.

I will continue to campaign for devolution as I firmly believe that Cornwall should have a greater say on those things that affect Cornwall.

I will be having further meetings with Ministers to press for this alongside Cornwall Council which also supports this initiative.

I set out a link to an essay, Cornwall – A New Beginning, which I wrote a few years ago and which sets out my ambitions for Cornwall.

Posted by on January 5, 2014. Filed under CORNISH NATION,NEWS. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0. You can leave a response or trackback to this entry


  1. Ian Moore

    January 6, 2014 at 7:44 pm

    Yes, you will fight for it, and when given the 3 line whip, you will vote against whatever you were elected for.

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