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Cornwall’s Mebyon Kernow win election – in Cardiff

09 May 2021 2 minute read
Photograph of the Saint Piran’s flag, the flag of Cornwall. Picture by Proper Handsome (CC BY-SA 3.0).

Cornwall is only 50 miles away from Wales as the crow flies and both countries speak a similar language – and now the Cornish national party have gained an electoral foothold in our capital city.

Cardiff’s Cathedral School held a mock Senedd election in the run-up to Thursday and were surprised when the candidate for Mebyon Kernow garnered the most votes.

The Mebyon Kernow candidate won 142 votes, beating the Green Party candidate into second place with 109. In contrast to the real Senedd election, Labour came last of six parties with only 27 votes.

“Congratulations go to the victorious Wolf F (Year 12) of Mebyon Kernow – a popular candidate with real charisma,” the school said.

Cornwall’s Mebyon Kernow party also gained ground at Thursday’s council elections to become England’s fifth-largest party.

The Cornish national party won five seats on 5% of the vote in Cornwall, giving them more representation across England than both UKIP, who lost all of their 43 seats, and Reform UK, who picked up two.

Mebyon Kernow said it was “great news for the party” after Michael Bunney gained St Mewand and Grampound, polling 1,097 votes (53%). They held their other four seats.

The Conservative group took overall control of Cornwall Council with 47 seats, polling 37% of the votes.

The Green Party now has its first candidate on the council, after Tamsyn Widdon was elected to Penryn, with the party polling 10% of the votes.

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Morris Dean
Morris Dean
3 years ago

I heard about something similar in a school in Surrey in the 60s, when a Welsh family moved there. Plaid topped the poll in their mock election.

Just shows what can be done with a charismatic leader I guess…!

3 years ago

I think you will find that is an opinion that many will disagree with something that has been a point made well before Nation Cymru came along

Hugh Jordan
Hugh Jordan
3 years ago

Cornwall is very much a country.

It’s council does not bear the word “county”,

It is a recognised (by Westminster) national minority.

P. jones
P. jones
3 years ago

Early 80’s Ysgol Aberconwy voted for the Monster raving loony party in the John Craven’s newsround poll. They saw the future.

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