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Richard "Dick" Cole (born 1968) is an elected member of Cornwall Council and the leader of the Cornish devolutionist political party, Mebyon Kernow, a role he has held since 1997. He lives in Fraddonmarker, a village in Mid-Cornwall.

Early life

Cole grew up in Cornwall on the edge of the Goss Moormarker and was educated at the Treviglas School, Newquaymarker.

Political career

Before becoming party leader in 1997, Cole had been Mebyon Kernow's press officer for the previous five years.

In 1999, he was elected as a member of the borough council of Restormelmarker, representing St Enodermarker, retaining his seat until the council was abolished as part of the 2009 structural changes.

In the 2005 general election, he stood for parliament in North Cornwallmarker and gained 1351 votes, coming fifth.

In 2009, a new unitary authority called Cornwall Council was formed. In order to stand at the 2009 elections to it, Cole had to resign his post as an archaeologist working for the County archaeological unit based in Truro, which had become a department of the new unitary council, as employees of a local authority are not allowed to be elected members of it as well as employees.

On 4 June 2009, Cole contested both elections held in Cornwall on that day. In the European Parliament election, he headed the Mebyon Kernow party list for the South West England constituency. In the Cornwall Council election held on the same day, he fought the St Enodermarker county division, achieving a 78 per cent of the vote, comfortably beating the Conservative and Lib Dem candidates into second and third places respectively..

Cole has been selected as Mebyon Kernow's prospective parliamentary candidate for the newly formed St Austell and Newquay constituencymarker, where he is expected to stand at the next United Kingdom general election.

He lives in Fraddonmarker, in Mid-Cornwall, where he is a member of St Enodermarker parish council, a governor of Summercourt Primary School, and a trustee of the Fraddon Millennium Green and the Indian Queens Pit.

In Cornwall Council, Cole leads the Mebyon Kernow political group, chairs the Planning Policy Advisory Panel, and represents the council in the Local Government Association's County Councils Network Special Interest Group.



  1. Dick Cole, Media coverage and ...oops!, dated 20 August 2009 at
  2. South West European Elections at
  3. 102 at
  4. The Guardian - Biography of Dick Cole
  5. Election results for St Enoder - Cornwall Council elections Thursday, 4th June, 2009
  6. Register of Interests for Dick Cole, published on Friday, 21st August, 2009, online at
  7. Dick Cole at

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