The focus on a ‘northern powerhouse’ is an opportunity to think about how devolution can stimulate the economy in other parts of England. Cornwall’s last 15 years has seen a 50,000-signature petition for a Cornish Assembly; recognition (with the Isles of Scilly) as an EU region in its own right, transformational EU funding programmes, a new unitary authority, and now Cornwall Council – together with a range of partners – making a ‘case for Cornwall’. The ‘case’ is about the journey to obtaining a fairer funding settlement and capitalising on the growing cross-party consensus for devolution through to enabling Cornwall’s assets to work for its communities. The Cornish food brand and sustainable energy are clear opportunities for assets which can earn income. Evidence suggests people in Cornwall want increased powers; the debate is about how much and how far. For the first time since the 1970 general election, all of … (To read the full article, subscribe below)

Stephen Horscroft
Stephen Horscroft is a founder member of the Cornwall Constitutional Convention.