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SNP win the Scottish council elections

The full results of last week's Scottish council election have been published. They show that the Scottish National Party (SNP) secured 610,454 first preference votes, an increase from the 503,233 it won in 2012. However, given a higher turnout this time the party's share of the vote was 32.3% in both elections. The SNP won 32% of the first preference votes, the Conservatives finished second overall on 25%, Labour finished with 20%. Scottish Labour saw its share of the first preference votes fall from 31.4% and its number of seats from 394 to 262.

New Guide to Manx historic sites

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New Guide to the Island’s historic sites published by Culture Vannin

A new book has just been published which, for the first time, provides a comprehensive guide to the Island’s archaeological sites.

Local election results in Wales see significant gains for Plaid Cymru

Plaid Cymru - Party of Wales has won 202 seats across Wales in last weeks 2017 local elections, increasing its number of seats by 33. Their gains were spread across Wales, including breaking through into traditional Labour strongholds such as Aberavon, Blaenau Gwent, Bridgend, Denbigh, Neath and Wrexham. Plaid Cymru achieved its best ever result in their key target seat of Ynys Mon whilst also becoming the largest party in Rhondda, which Plaid Cymru won from Labour in the 2016 Assembly election.

 

Rhestr o Enwau Lleoedd Hanesyddol: Launch of ground-breaking website listing historic Welsh place names

A new online register recording historic place names in Wales has been launched. The list, which already has nearly 350,000 location entries, will be regularly updated. The Welsh Government included the requirement for a statutory list in its Historic Environment (Wales) Act.

Saturday 13th May, 2017 - Cornish place names, meanings & origin

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Saturday 13th May, 2017 - Cornish place names, meanings & origin

An afternoon with Craig Weatherhill​ at The Queen's Arms, Botallack, St Just PZ TR19 7QG (pub phone: 01736 788318) discussing Cornish place names, meanings & origin. Bring your questions!

Lunch at your own expense before the discussion commences. Booking advised direct with pub.

2.30pm to 5pm Cornish place names, meanings and origins

'PRAG NA?': The new project that aims to support and grow social opportunities for Cornish speaking

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'PRAG NA?': The new project that aims to support and grow social opportunities for Cornish speaking.

My name is Brian Rogers and I've just started as Project Lead for this one-year Cornwall Council funded project managed and led by An Rosweyth, the network of Cornish language organisations, and wanted to ask for your help in spreading the word, so please feel free to share this with your friends!

'PRAG NA?', or 'Why not?', has two main aims, both of which are about getting more people engaged with Kernewek and speaking it.

Cornwall Council Election Results

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The Conservatives won 46 out of the 122 seats, with the Liberal Democrats taking 37 seats, followed by 30 Independent councillors. Labour have five seats and Mebyon Kernow four.

The unitary authority's remaining 123rd seat, Bodmin St Petroc, will be contested at a later date.

Negotiations will now have to occur to form the Unitary administration.

Sincere congratulations to all those members of KMTU who stood for election and who were successful or otherwise at Cornwall and Town and Parish levels.

Isle of Man: Architecture on Sea - The Buildings that Made the Seaside

As part of the initiative Isle of Architecture, author, historian and enthusiast Dr Kathryn Ferry recently gave an illustrated talk based on the changing face of seaside architecture at the Centenary Centre in Peel.

Dr Ferry spent her early years by the sea in North Devon, but was further stimulated in her architectural interests by childhood holidays by the sea. And although now better known as an architectural historian, writer and broadcaster on a number of seaside related subjects, her first academic interest was Victorian architecture and design.

Ireland's reputation for defending human rights at risk after election of Saudi Arabia to UN Commission on the Status of Women

Demands are growing for the Irish Department of Foreign Affairs to disclose how Ireland voted on Saudi Arabia's membership of the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women. According to the UN, the Commission on the Status of Women is the principal global intergovernmental body exclusively dedicated to the promotion of gender equality and the empowerment of women. Last month, Saudi Arabia successfully campaigned for a seat on the commission, securing 47 votes, at least five of which are said to have come from European countries.

Bizarre visit by Prime Minister May - National Trust shennanigans at Botallack and Levant!

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BIZARRE VISIT TO CORNWALL BY PRIME MINISTER MAY!

It has to be a big pat on the back for the valiant journalists from the West Briton (and sister newspapers) to say thank you for attempting to remind the blow in Prime Minister MAY that we do just still live in a democracy, well in Cornwall at least!

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