The Scottish independence referendum is helping to raise the issue of devolution for Cornwall.
That's the view of Stephen Richardson, who will contest next year’s General Election in Truro and Falmouth for Mebyon Kernow, the party which wants a Cornish Assembly and promotes “a confident and outward-looking” county.
Mr Richardson says the build-up to the Scottish independence referendum on September 18 has prompted a fresh conversation about potential new powers for Cornwall in the future.
“It’s certainly needed and it’s certainly deserved,” Mr Richardson said. “It’s something we have been fighting for for 60 years and I think this vote in Scotland has brought the issue to people’s attention.”
If Mr Richardson wins his seat in May next year his area would include the Fal Estuary, north of Falmouth, where a recent report claims nuclear warheads could be stored if they are moved from Faslane in Scotland.
He says campaigners on both sides of the Scottish debate are “trying to make all sorts of political capital” out of the independence issue, and feels that any move to bring submarines or missiles to the South West is some way off.
“It’s entirely dependent on Scotland voting yes in the first place,” he said.
“Mebyon Kernow has always had a long-standing policy that we should not be having Trident anyway,” Mr Richardson said. “In these times of supposed austerity I don’t think we should be spending money on Trident at all. Perhaps if Scotland does go independent it would be a good chance to get rid of it.
“In Falmouth there are not many people who would welcome it, it’s not a suitable site either. It just seems to make Cornwall a bit of a target.”