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Labour's Devolution Pledge For Cornwall

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Published by the Pirate FM News Team at 6:04am 23rd January 2015. (Updated at 7:03am 23rd January 2015)

Labour has promised Pirate FM more devolution for Cornwall.

The Shadow Chancellor Ed Balls has been speaking to us on a visit to Cornwall College in Camborne.

He reckons we need better road and rail links, more jobs and more help to buy a home.

The party allowed devolution in Wales and Scotland when it was in power, but showed little interest in setting up a Cornish equivalent.

Now Mr Balls has said that was a mistake: "I think we could have gone further on devolution, we should have done and we will.

"I do think we should say, 'Look, you've got a plan, you're up for it - get on and do it. Here's the resource and flexibility to do that.'

"I promise you that is what we will deliver in the next parliament - if we're elected.

"People here have got a much better idea of what skills are needed or why businesses are not expanding or how we can get more apprenticeships for young people than civil servants sitting behind a desk in London.

"Sometimes in some parts of the country everybody is falling out. I think here there is a real common purpose.

"There is a common purpose but there is also a sense of frustration because too many decisions are being taken too far away - and I do think we can change that."

It is not clear what form devolution for the Duchy under Labour would take.

A leading Cornish Lib Dem has published his own proposals for a Cornish assembly, which would take powers away from Westminster.

Lord Tyler warned: "Far too many decisions about very detailed matters are still taken in London, in Westminster, in Whitehall.

"What we're saying is they should be taken in Cornwall on behalf of the people of Cornwall because that way you know who has taken that decision. You can hold them to account and you can influence that decision."

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