Create your own manifesto and shape the future of Cornwall

The people of Cornwall are being encouraged to write their own manifesto for the future of the county
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With the general election campaign fully underway, it can be hard for people to navigate the claims and counterclaims of the major parties, let alone fully understand what they are really promising for Cornwall.

Now researchers at the Institute of Cornish Studies at the University of Exeter's Penryn campus are keen to hear policy ideas from local people in a bid to help shape the future of our county.

Dr Garry Tregidga, co-director of the Institute of Cornish Studies said that as part of “My Manifesto for Cornwall” people can submit their own 350-word manifesto which will then be presented to Cornish MPs elected on July 4.

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He said: "We hope as many people of all ages and backgrounds, living across different areas of Cornwall, will submit their manifestos. We will then be able to show our new representatives their views and priorities.

“Politics can so often focus on the political debates between party leaders in Westminster. But politics is also of everyday significance to the individuals, constituencies and regions that make up the United Kingdom."

He added: "We want local communities to talk about their concerns for a range of issues ranging from local governance to foreign policy. By focusing on the grassroots we can help enhance the democratic process in Cornwall so that voters have their say rather than just the political parties."

To submit your manifesto email cornishstudies@exeter.ac.uk