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Law must be changed to make Welsh Assembly candidates live in Wales

Under current rules there is nothing to stop people living outside of Wales standing as a candidate for the Welsh Assembly. The National Assembly for Wales (Welsh: Cynulliad Cenedlaethol Cymru) is a devolved assembly with power to make legislation in Wales. The rules as they stand are an anomaly in the Government of Wales Act 2006 and need to be corrected. This has been recognised by two former Welsh Secretaries of State, Peter Hain and Paul Murphy. They want to change the law to ensure all candidates are on the Wales electoral register.

Plaid Cymru supports funding for Cornish language!

News from Kernow Matters To Us:

We thank Cornwall Councillor Dick Cole for this information.

Plaid Cymru supports funding for Cornish language!

'It is fantastic to see the Plaid Cymru Conference (taking place at Llangollen) unanimously backing a motion in support of funding for the Cornish language. As a long-standing member of Plaid - going back to my college days in Lampeter - I am once again delighted to see the Party of Wales support for Cornwall and its culture.

Cornwall - Opposition to 'Devonwall' mounts

News from Kernow Matters To Us:

Kernow Matters To Us' writes to all 213 City, Town & Parish Councils and Meetings in Cornwall as anger grows!

The 'Kernow Matters To Us' (KMTU)  campaign group has now written to the Clerks of all 213 City, Town & Parish Councils and Meetings in Cornwall with an appeal to join the growing campaign against what has been called 'Devonwall' - the proposed cross-border Westminster Parliamentary Constituency to be known as the Bideford, Bude and Launceston Constituency.

Silence observed in Wales to mark 50th anniversary of Aberfan disaster

This morning Wales fell silent as the country remembered the Aberfan disaster. Welsh First Minister Carwyn Jones had called on the people of Wales to pause for the minute's silence. It was on this day fifty years ago, 21 October 1966, that a catastrophic collapse of a colliery spoil tip killed 116 children and 28 adults in the coal mining village of Aberfan in South Wales.

50th Anniversary of tragedy at Aberfan - A disaster that could and should have been prevented

On Friday 21 October 1966, a terrible disaster befell the coal mining village of Aberfan in South Wales. On that day a catastrophic collapse of a colliery spoil tip killed 116 children and 28 adults. For decades leading up to 1966 excavated mining debris from the National Coal Board's Merthyr Vale Colliery had been deposited on the side of Mynydd Merthyr, directly above Aberfan. Early on the morning of 21 October, after a number of days of heavy rain, the subsidence began. At about 9.15 am more than 150,000 cubic metres (5,300,000 cu ft) of saturated debris flowed downhill at high speed.

Devonwall - Guidance on the battle to save Cornwall

News from Kernow Matters To Us:

Thankyou to all those who have contacted us regarding the battle to save Cornwall. Many of you have asked for guidance when writing to your own representatives, the media and so on in objection to this unlawful act.

The 22 reasons below are a very useful guide. Bear in mind (paragraph 20) that exceptions have already been made for the Orkney Islands and the Isle of Wight. Then also consider Professor Parry's analysis in that same paragraph.

Message From Cornwall - To: Our Overseas Friends And Family! We Need Your Support To Fight Devonwall Too!

Message from Kernow Matters To Us:

TO: OUR OVERSEAS FRIENDS AND FAMILY! WE NEED YOUR SUPPORT TO FIGHT DEVONWALL TOO!

ARE YOU CORNISH, OF CORNISH ANCESTRY, OR SUPPORT CORNWALL AND HER PEOPLE, INDIGENEOUS AND OTHERWISE?

The Cornish people walked the world! We settled in many parts of it. Many countries now recognise the Cornish as a distinct nationality and allow for this on official returns, census and so on.

Devonwall: Early Day Motion in House of Commons and the aftermath!

Kernow Matters To Us – No to Devonwall Campaign updates

Early Day Motion in House of Commons and the aftermath!

A big thank you to Cornwall Councillor Dick Cole and his team for liaising closely with Plaid Cymru and achieving the tabling of an Early Day Motion (EDM) in the Westminster House of Commons.

You can read about it here:

Welsh MPs move to assist Cornish in battle against Devonwall!

News from Kernow Matters To Us:

Plaid Cymru's Jonathan Edwards MP has tabled an Early Day Motion in the House of Commons which sets out opposition to the creation of a cross-Tamar parliamentary constituency.

Kernow Matters To You (KMTU) has sent a fact-filled dossier to the leader of every political party represented in the House of Commons as well as to many members of the House of Lords, to the Duchy of Cornwall and to Prince Charles himself as well as the the Council of Europe and the United Nations.

The EDM, numbered 487, reads as follows:

Gorsedh Kernow chooses Launceston for 2017 as Mayor describes 'Devonwall' as catastrophic!

News from Kernow Matters To Us:

In a supreme and brave act of defiance, our Gorsedh Kernow has announced that the north Cornwall town of Launceston (Lansteventon in our Cornish language) would host the 2017 Gorsedh Kernow Esedhvos Festival of Cornish Culture and Bardic ceremony.

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