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UPDATE: No Legal Challenge Over Devonwall

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Published by the Pirate FM News Team at 9:32am 1st November 2016 (Updated 1:34pm 1st November 2016)

Officials have decided there will be no legal challenge in the fight against Devonwall.

The Council met on Tuesday morning, to discuss plans that could see Cornwall forced to share an MP with Devon.

Councillors voted to keep lobbying the government over the possible boundary changes.

It comes after an official review into cutting the number of MPs across the UK.

The suggestion of Bude, Camelford and Launceston being lumped in with Bideford has already sparked a protest.

Dozens gathered on the border at Launceston at the weekend, branding it a "disaster".

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Campaign group Kernow Matters To Us led the protest on Sunday.

Esther Johns from Gorsedh Kernow says there are other ways to sharing an MP and that it will hinder the fight to win more powers for Cornwall.

She told Pirate FM: "It's not necessary really - there's been lots of other ideas about how to get around this.

"We're not even saying Cornwall should have six MPs - quite happy to have five and go down as lots of other places in the UK have to.

"It seems to me that the MP would have to choose on different things, who they were representing - Cornish people or Devonians.

"It just seems a bit of a disaster to me really".

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Council leader John Pollard is also worried about devolution and, last month, told Pirate FM Cornwall's border needed to be protected.

He said: "We need to preserve the integrity of the Cornish border for many reasons. Not the least the fact that we have a devolution deal for Cornwall. We are fighting for more powers for Cornwall, more decision making in Cornwall for Cornwall and having an MP which represents a part of Cornwall is essential to that.

"If you've got an MP who represents a bit of Devon as well, they're not going to give the interest or the time or the effort to that campaign; so that's the first thing.

"The second thing is, of course, that we've traditionally had parliamentary constituencies within our borders and it will weaken the parliamentary impact."

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94% of people who voted in a Pirate FM poll said Cornwall should NOT share an MP with Devon.

Councillor Dick Cole from Mebyon Kernow said: "I think there will be a strong concensus built up in Cornwall and hopefully we can all work together, put the pressure on central government and make them deliver and keep Cornwall whole. It is a democratic travesty that Cornwall is not being properly represented democratically.

"The government has said the Cornish are a national minority and they should be treated the same as the Welsh, the Scots and the Irish. The boundaries between England, Wales and Scotland - they're not being broken yet the boundary between Cornwall and England is being breached; that's totally wrong."

Councillors will discuss plans at a meeting on Tuesday morning.

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