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36 councillors could be cut from Cornwall Council in 2021

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36 councillors could be cut from Cornwall council under new recommendations.

An electoral review by the Boundary Commission has suggested wards should be redrawn so that each councillor represents roughly an equal number of voters.

The proposed changes would lower the total number of councillors from 123 to 87.

The commission is now asking local people to provide feedback on the plans.

If approved the change would come into effect during the local elections in 2021.

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Liberal Democrats and Independents seek to run Cornwall Council

An agreement has been reached on who should run Cornwall Council. The Independent and Liberal Democrat groups have decided this afternoon that they will seek to form a joint administration. This will be put to the Annual Meeting of the Full Council on Tuesday.

It comes after talks between Conservative and independents councillors broke down. Despite having the most councillors elected, the Conservatives did not gain overall control of the local authority following the local elections earlier this month.

It is expected that the council will also elect a leader during Tuesday's meeting.

The Liberal Democrat and Independent Groups will seek approval to run Cornwall Council. Credit: ITV News

Cornwall pleas for reassurance it will not be 'worse off' following Brexit vote

Cornwall has issued an urgent plea for reassurance that it will not be worse off following the Brexit vote.

The county has received a "significant amounts" of funding from the EU for the past 15 years due to its "relatively weak economy".

But, after 56.5% of voters in the county chose to leave the Union, the council says it is now seeking urgent reassurance that money allocated to it will still be received.

£60m
The average funding Cornwall has received from the EU over the past 10 years
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Prior to the vote the Council said they were told by the Leave campaign that funding would still be available.

They also said they had been told Cornwall "would not be worse off" in terms of investment they received.

Now that we know the UK will be leaving the EU we will be taking urgent steps to ensure that the UK Government protects Cornwall’s position in any negotiations.

We will be insisting that Cornwall receives investment equal to that provided by the EU programme which has averaged £60M per year over the last ten years.

– John Pollard, the Leader of Cornwall Council

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Controversial councillor apologises for comments

A Cornwall Councillor has apologised after using a controversial saying about women during a council meeting.

Councillor John Dyer said to the Strategic Planning Committee meeting "I'm very fond of the old saying that if a lady says no, she means perhaps, if a lady says perhaps she means yes, but if a lady says yes she's no lady."

Councillor Dyer says he was expressing his frustration at one third of a 400 page planning agenda being dropped from discussions at the last minute, and didn't mean to cause offence.

I obviously regret and will apologise for making the comment but it was in the heat of the moment. I thought it was a lighthearted way of moving things on and I didn't expect it to cause this level of furore, but it has so for that I apologise.

– Councillor John Dyer

In a statement Cornwall Council said it may hold an investigation.

Councillor Dyer has been temporarily suspended from the planning committee.

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