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Calls to Scrap Cornish Assembly Campaign

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3:06pm 20th August 2012

MPs want a campaign for a Cornish Assembly scrapped.

Redruth and Camborne's George Eustice and Truro and Falmouth's Sarah Newton say the Duchy should have more power to make its own decisions, but that should come from local councils, not devolution.

George Eustice is warning that it would isolate Cornwall: "What an assembly really means is more politicians, more cost, more bureaucracy and that would be a mistake. There are better ways of making sure that we have greater say over our future and over our destiny.

"We have a very strong and proud identity. You only need to look at the number of St Piran's flags and the huge support you get for things like Cornish rugby to understand that. We do need to recognise that in some way, we do need to recognise that we're a long way away but I think the right way to do that is through the institutions we've already got."

Councillor Andrew Long is a member of Mebyon Kernow.

He said: "What we're talking about is devolution of power down to a local level in Cornwall. Now that isn't independence, it's not leaving the United Kingdom, it's giving people in Cornwall more of a control over affairs that affect the people of Cornwall.

"The people in Westminster have no knowledge of or understanding of the people of Cornwall, have no knowledge of or understanding of the economy of Cornwall, so how can they be expected to make decisions to benefit the people of Cornwall if they have no knowledge or understanding?"

3:06pm 20th August 2012

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