This week saw a very significant moment in the passage of the boundaries bill within the House of Lords: they voted, by a large majority, to make the Isle of Wight an extra ‘exception’ within the bill.
This does not mean that they will necessarily do the same with Cornwall when it is discussed, which will now almost certainly be sometime this week. Indeed some may even feel that having made one change it’s important to allow no more. However it does mean that a precedent has been set and we need to keep up the pressure – keep writing, emailing and sending postcards.
Also remember that if we do win in the Lords it goes back to the House of Commons, meaning that we will need to convince the MPs to accept any change.
As a campaign we are in regular email contact with the Lords, and the parallels between Wight’s case and ours are being emphasised – Cornwall is a different but no less equal example of injustice within the bill. They are an Island, but Cornwall has a distinctive language, history and culture, and a 1000 year old border!
Many thanks for your continued support,
On behalf of Keep Cornwall Whole