Local News

Local Election Manifesto launched

On Thursday Conservative Party Chairman Grant Shapps launched the Conservative Manifesto which the over 100 Conservative Candidates are backing.

Council tax freeze means extra £5million for Cornwall

Last Tuesday Conservative Councillors have voted to support a tax freeze at Cornwall Council in line with their group policy.  Conservative Group Leader Fiona Ferguson explained, "We had decided in group that it was a priority to freeze Council tax to protect hard working families in Cornwall from a Council tax hike.  Whilst we submitted a proposal that would have protected front line services it was clear that we just did not have the number of Councillors to get it through.  We were left with two options:  A cabinet proposal to increase Council tax or a Liberal Democrat proposal which froze Council Tax but affected some front line services.  The majority of the Conservative Group backed the Cornish taxpayer and voted for a freeze."

Conservatives say it is 'wrong' to increase Council tax

The Conservative Group on Cornwall Council believes it is wrong to be increasing Council Tax for hard pressed Cornish households. As a result we have tabled an amendment to the Budget for 2013/14 that will allow the Council to freeze Council Tax for the coming year.

Scott Mann "delighted" at Conservative Selection

At a meeting of over 100 members in Wadebridge Town Hall, Cllr Scott Mann was selected as the Conservative Prospective Parliamentary Candidate for North Cornwall. Cllr Mann, the local Councillor for the Wadebridge Division, thanked the members for their support.

Thank you

After his successful campaign to become Police & Crime Commissioner Tony Hogg was looking to get on with his new role.  He took time to thank all his supporters and assured everyone in a pledge of impartiality that he would act fairly to everyone without fear or favour.  This will put him in line with judges and police officers who also swear an oath of impartiality.  The chief constable will remain in operational control of the police.  Click here for the full result.

A branch of Police Cadets in every town

The Conservative candidate to be Devon and Cornwall's first Police and Crime Commissioner has promised to set up a branch of the Police Cadets in every town. The former Naval Commander's number one priority is to cut crime by bringing policing closer to the public and, as part of that he has called for a renewed effort to develop the Police Cadets to give young people a strong sense of social responsibility.

Tony Hogg proposes rapid helicopter coverage for Devon, Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly

In an open letter to the Operations Director of the Police Air Authority, the decorated naval helicopter pilot and Conservative Candidate for Police and Crime Commissioner, Tony Hogg, has called for a formal agreement between Devon and Cornwall Police and RNAS Culdrose to ensure rapid emergency helicopter response to the whole force area:

Tony Hogg pledges new incentives to boost recruitment of Police Specials

The Conservative Candidate to be Devon and Cornwall’s first Police and Crime Commissioner, Tony Hogg, has praised the work of the force’s Special Constables and will look to recruit at least 200 more if he is elected on the 15th November. He has also pledged to increase the incentives on offer, calling for Devon and Cornwall to follow the example of the force in Hull, where Specials are offered a discount on their Council Tax bills. 

Tony Hogg - working with North Cornwall Councillors

It was very interesting listening to North Cornwall Councillors Scott Mann, Lance Kennedy, Mick Martin and Steve Rushworth in Wadebridge who saw the role of Police and Crime Commissioner as an important one.  I would like to thank them for their views in particular on restorative justice like community payback, promoting good policework, the importance of police cadets, street trader issues, the court system, underage drinking, neighbourhood policing, leadership, pushing local needs at Westminster and the need to put victims ahead of criminals.  Their views really did strike a chord and I look forward to working with these and all councillors to improve policing across Devon & Cornwall.