Voluntary Sector: Taking Action ... Keep Cornwall Whole vs The Boundary Commission

Protesters: Keep Cornwall Whole
Target: The Boundary Commission
Location: Across Cornwall
Date: 8-10 October

The lowdown

Over the weekend, Keep Cornwall Whole held numerous events, starting with a gathering at Marsland Point on Friday, followed by a coast-to-coast parade through Cornwall's border communities. On Sunday, a 'Respect the Tamar' rally was held under the Tamar Bridge in Saltash.

Why the protests?

Keep Cornwall Whole is a cross-party, cross-Cornwall campaign set up by Saltash Mayor Adam Killeya to protest against government plans to redraw the boundary between Cornwall and Devon. The plan is designed to create constituencies of more equal size and is going through Parliament. The Cornish campaigners fear it will lead to a 'Devonwall' constituency.

How did the Boundary Commission respond?

The Boundary Commission did not respond, but Keep Cornwall Whole met with Nick Clegg, the Deputy Prime Minister. Clegg made no promise to amend the Bill, but said he would consider the points made and promised to mention their meeting to David Cameron.

Media treatment

The Guardian ran a piece on 7 October titled 'Cornwall activists to protest against creation of "Devonwall" constituency'. The story was also covered by the Saltash People and the This is Cornwall website, which focused on one campaigner who is threatening to go on hunger strike over the plans.

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