Leader of Party for Cornwall responds
The alliance of those calling for a Citizen Convention to develop a radically new constitution for the UK continues to grow. The leader of the Party of Cornwall, Dick Cole, has expressed his personal support for the proposed way forward and will be seeking full backing from the party:
Thank you for sending through your open letter seeking support for a Citizens’ Convention on a written constitution.
As the leader of Mebyon Kernow and someone who has focused much of my political activity on the promotion of democratic and constitutional reforms, I can confirm that I fully support your very exciting and extremely worthwhile initiative.
In addition, I will present your letter to the next meeting of MK's National Executive committee in May for an additional, formal, response from the Party as a whole.
Keep up the good work.
Oll an gwella,
Party Leader of Mebyon Kernow – the Party for Cornwall
Dr Simon Duffy, Director of the Centre for Welfare Reform said:
It is very encouraging to get the support of long-term leaders for change like Dick Cole. The UK is the most centralised welfare state in the developed world. Not only has it failed to develop appropriate constitutional arrangements at the national level, between its four constituent countries, it has also failed to respect regional and local identities. People have seen boundaries interfered with and local powers diminish. Constant talk about devolution within England has never been matched with policies or meaningful constitutional protections, instead resources and power continue to be pulled into Whitehall and Westminster. It is time for meaningful and lasting change. In my opinion, the people of Cornwall, just as the people of Yorkshire, Lancashire and so many other parts of England, deserve a system that respects local pride and history.
You can read the letter for constitutional reform, co-signed by a wide alliance here.