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Celtic League Kernow group campaigner's hunger strike threat over 'Devonwall' plan

By This is Cornwall  |  Posted: October 04, 2010

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A campaigner says he is prepared to go on hunger strike if calls to scrap a planned merger of Parliamentary constituencies from either side of the River Tamar fall on deaf ears.

Mike Chappell, branch secretary of the Celtic League Kernow group, will be one of many protesting against the creation of a cross-border constituency, dubbed "Devonwall", as part of plans to trim the number of MPs.

Members of the Keep Cornwall Whole group will stage their rally on the banks of the Tamar, in Saltash, on the Cornish side of the river, this weekend.

Group members, including its leader and Saltash town mayor Adam Killeya, say they are "rising up in protest at the obvious injustice of destroying, at one stroke of the Parliamentary pen, a historic border which dates back to the 19th century".

But Mr Chappell insists he will go much further in an effort to maximise publicity of their opposition to Devonwall. In an impassioned plea to anti-Devonwall campaigners, Mr Chappell said: "It is really time for us all in Kernow to say no to these politicians who really do not understand us, our land or the ordinary people I love in the land I love. Kernow is just too important for the London politicians.

"Wherever you are from, if you wish to be Cornish then so be it and I want Cornwall to remain a special place.

"This Government seems hell bent on destroying Cornwall and I urge you all to support this campaign. Kernow has her own heartbeat."

The campaigner said he is prepared to take desperate measures himself if the planned Parliamentary Voting System and Constituencies Bill fuses one constituency from electors across both counties.

He added: "If this (rally) fails, then those of you who know the enormous passion I feel in my heart for Kernow will understand and believe me when I say I shall deny food in a personal protest against the Westminster Government. I will not eat until they put right this proposed wrong."

A delegation from Cornwall recently met with Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg, urging him to consider Cornwall sacrosanct from merger plans.

But the Liberal Democrat leader last month rejected their calls, prompting further action from the Keep Cornwall Whole group.

Some members will spend this Friday and Saturday canvassing support from the public during a tour of the Duchy. Their rally will be held under the Tamar Bridge, from 2pm on Sunday.

For more information, visit www.keepcornwallwhole.org .

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    The_BC_Group, Cornwall  |  December 21 2010, 11:42AM

    Truro=TROLL You're pretty obvious about it too. What party/interest group/ do they work for I wonder?

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    The BC Group, Cornwall  |  December 21 2010, 11:39AM

    Truro=TROLL You're pretty obvious about it too

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    Steve, Canada  |  October 17 2010, 3:53PM

    Wel, ev ew nebes tew,! asteller dybri ha mether rag konteth trufel !

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    youngcornwall, uk  |  October 15 2010, 4:15PM

    Quote How about a daily/weekly youtube update to further promote the cause Mike? http://www.cornwall24.co.uk/viewtopic.php?f=1&t=5918&p=121953&sid=4e27f5ed96c5eef1a9e09902343fc6a9#p121953 Aren¿t there some weird people about, isn¿t it enough just to know what this man is doing to himself without gloating over it.

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    Big Ger, Truro  |  October 14 2010, 10:42AM

    Thanks for the link Steve Hicks. It just goes to show how little we can trust politicians. Mr George states; ¿Across all the parties and none, the message should ring out from Cornwall to Westminster that we want to keep Cornwall whole." But then later he is honest enough to say; "They should apply that principle to the Parliamentary boundaries of Cornwall and listen to us." So in one sentence he promotes the untruth that Cornwall will not be kept "whole", and in another he admits it is only the "parliamentary" boundary of Cornwall which will change. Now that's what you call "speaking out of both sides of your mouth."

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    Emmett, In Britain  |  October 13 2010, 4:10PM

    All this Mr Charles McLaughlin, from a citizen of a nation who keeps people imprisoned, without trial, for years? I would look to injustices on your own shores before commenting on others.

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    Emmett, In-credulous  |  October 13 2010, 3:50PM

    Mr Chappell now has the support of Native Americans AND Cornish Pagans. Magic!

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    Emmett, In the teepee  |  October 13 2010, 11:51AM

    "Yesterday I took a phone call from Albuquerque and a Native North American Tribe are writing to Cameron and Clegg on my behalf" (Michael Chappell) What a coincidence!

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    Charles McLaughlin, Albuquerque, NM, USA  |  October 13 2010, 2:18AM

    Mike Chappell began a hunger strike on October 10. Mike is one of the most dedicated people I have had the good fortune to meet. His committment to Cornwall and the Cornish people is full and complete. Parliament should listen to Mike and others in Cornwall, perhaps as in this country it would behove the politicos to talk to the people.

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    Charles McLaughlin, Albuquerque, NM, USA  |  October 13 2010, 2:16AM

    Mike Chappell began a hunger strike on October 10. Mike is one of the most dedicated people I have had the good fortune to meet. His committment to Cornwall and the Cornish people is full and complete. Parliament should listen to Mike and others in Cornwall, perhaps as in this country it would behove the politicos to talk to the people.

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