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The term "Cornish Nationalist Party" is sometimes used incorrectly for Mebyon Kernow"


The Cornish Nationalist Party (CNP), , is an unregistered political party in the United Kingdommarker, led by Dr James Whetter and campaigning for self-government for Cornwallmarker. It was formed by people who left Mebyon Kernow on 28 May 1975.. The party ceased to exist in 2005, although it claimed to have reformed in April 2009 following a conference in Bodminmarker.. However it did not contest the local or European elections in 2009.

A separate party with a similar name (the Cornish National Party) existed from 1969.

The split was down to the same debate that was occurring in most of the political parties campaigning for autonomy from the United Kingdom at the time (for example the Scottish National Party and Plaid Cymru), whether to be a centre-left party appealing to the electorate on a social democratic line, or whether to appeal emotionally on a centre-right cultural line. Another subject of the split was whether to embrace devolution as a first step to full independence (or as the sole step if this was what the electorate wished) or for it to be "all or nothing").

The CNP essentially represented the party's right wing, who were not willing to accept that economic arguments were more likely to win votes than cultural.

The CNP worked to preserve the identity of Cornwall and improve its economy, and encouraged links with Cornish people overseas and with other regions which have distinct identities. It also gave support to Unified Cornish, the language of the Cornish revival in modern times, and commemorated Thomas Flamank, a leader of the Cornish Rebellion in 1497, at an annual ceremony at Bodminmarker on 27th June each year.

While the CNP were not a racist organisation there was a perceived image problem relating to the similarly-styled British National Party (BNP). Today, the Cornish Nationalist Party is seen as more of a pressure group as they do not put up candidates for local, general or European elections. , they are not registered on the UK political parties register; Mebyon Kernow are the only registered political party based in Cornwall.

The Dr Whetter and the CNP still publish a quarterly journal, The Cornish Banner (An Baner Kernewek). This is done within the actions of the Roseland Institute.

Recurrence

It was announced in April 2009 that the Cornish Nationalist Party (now abbreviated CPN) had re-grouped to contest future elections. It had been announced, however, that the new main aim of the party is support of the new Unitary Authority in Cornwall, something that is unpopular with many of the citizens.

References

  1. Mebyon Kernow and Cornish Nationalism by Dick Cole, Bernard Deacon, and Gary Tregidda
  2. http://www.thisiscornwall.co.uk/news/Cornish-Nationalist-Party-regroups-contest-elections/article-876558-detail/article.html
  3. Mebyon Kernow and Cornish Nationalism by Dick Cole, Bernard Deacon, and Gary Tregidda
  4. In 1969 a CNP was formed.
  5. http://www.thisiscornwall.co.uk/news/Cornish-Nationalist-Party-regroups-contest-elections/article-876558-detail/article.html


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