Wednesday, 14 March 2018

All invited to an MK social event

The St Austell and Newquay Constituency Party of Mebyon Kernow will be holding a social event on Friday 23rd March at the Rescorla Centre, in Rescorla near Penwithick.

There will be some musical entertainment and a few snacks, plus an opportunity to talk about politics (or something else) with leading members of MK.

All are welcome to attend.

And if you would like to find out more about the Party for Cornwall … why not come along and meet with us on the 23rd!

Wednesday, 7 March 2018

Cornish Nation no. 77 … available now!

Mebyon Kernow has just published the latest edition of its Cornish Nation magazine, which is in the process of being sent to MK members.

If you are not already a member and would like a complimentary copy, please get in contact via

Please specify whether you would like a paper or digital copy.

This latest includes information about the Cornish language album from Gwenno Saunders, plus other features on the many people who have also promoted Cornish through song, the efforts of MK members and others in trying to secure a Cornish tickbox on the 2021 census, MK campaigns to protect our public services, a tribute to Richard Gendall, and so much more.

Tuesday, 6 March 2018

Looking back: South Crofty, a rally in Redruth and Cornish Millennium Convention

When I got up this morning, it had not dawned on me that today was the 20th anniversary of the closure of South Crofty tin mine, and it has been heartening to hear about the new efforts to restart tin mining at the site. 

Looking back twenty years, I have dug out some photographs to share from that time.

MK parliamentary candidates Ruth Lewarne and Paul Dunbar (right and far right) visiting the mine in the run-up to the 1997 General Election.

Cornish Nation magazine from Spring 1998.

Greg Woods speaking at a rally in Redruth on Saturday 7th March 1998; other speakers seated include Bert Biscoe, Colin Murley, myself and Andrew George.

Launch of Cornish Millennium Convention on Monday 9th March 1998 (left to right): Alastair Quinnell, Mark Kaczmarek, Deborah Clark, Ann Jenkin, me, Philip Payton and Andrew George. This was the first attempt to build a cross-party campaign for greater powers for Cornwall, but didn’t really get off the ground.

Monday, 5 March 2018

Gool Peran Lowen! Happy St Piran’s Day!

I would like to wish everyone the very best on St Piran's Day!

It is fantastic that the 5th of March is now such as important part of our calendar as people come together in the name of our national saint to celebrate Cornwall’s unique identity.

Cornwall has a powerful national identity, reflected in the Cornish language, our music, dance, sport and a range of traditions – all of which are vitally important to our sense of place and the very well-being of our local communities.

But as we celebrate the distinctiveness of Cornwall today, I would like to repeat a key message that Mebyon Kernow makes each and every year on St Piran’s Day.

The promotion of Cornish distinctiveness is not something that should be restricted to once a year in March. We should be doing all in our power, each and every day, to promote and enhance our identity and heritage.

Sunday, 4 March 2018

On the dunes with St Piran

It will not come as a surprise to anyone that I today spent the afternoon on Gear Sands near Perranporth, supporting the annual “St Piran’s Day” commemoration with hundreds of others progressing out to St Piran’s Oratory and the medieval church.

Well done to all those who organised the event and everyone who supported it in today’s “glorious” weather.

It was lovely to see my good friend Pol Hodge playing the role of St Piran – could there ever be a more saintly man to inhabit the role of our national saint?