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Nominations for next month's general election closed
earlier this evening, and a clearer picture is now
emerging of which parties will be fielding candidates in the South
As our political reporter Tamsin Melville now reports -
one party which won't be appearing on the ballot paper is the Cornish
Approaching 70 years in business, back in its early days as a pressure
group signing up to Mebyon Kernow was apparently seen as the thing
to do, attracting names like Daphne du Maurier.
With a key message of a national assembly for Cornwall,
any electoral success has only been at local council level.
Since the 1970s the party for Cornwall has been fielding
But not this time, a decision based on the snap election,
It is extremely frustrating, we want to put our message out
there for the people of Cornwall but do it in a fair way
and when we are told when the election will be
and when it is suddenly moved forward three years with no notice,
it makes a nonsense of democracy for smaller parties.
This is the heart of Cornwall's clay country where Mebyon Kernow won
the popular vote at the local elections and returned two out
of its four Cornwall councillors, But at the general election it has
It fielded a full slate of six candidates that lost
What is the point in standing in the general election anyway?
Just because people don't vote for us at general elections does not
mean they do not like what we stand for, but this time it just wasn't
practical for us to put forward a really strong campaign in such
It is not just Mebyon Kernow stepping away, here in Cornwall UKIP
are only fielding one candidate and that is in Truro
and Falmouth where there was a Remain Conservative MP
and the Greens are only fielding in some places, and not in St Ives
where it is the most marginal seat in the battle between
What do voters think about having less choice at the ballot box?
It is good to have a strong opposition and the only way to get
the strong opposition is if it is one of the major parties
and I don't think that the major parties should lose votes
There are a lot of important issues at stake, so it is better just
It is a pity that some people had fought for the people
Mebyon Kernow's leader said it is not the end of the party
contesting seats in general elections and the aim
is to keep the other parties on their toes in the meantime.
Well, our political editor Martyn Oates joins me now.
A surprise to see Mebyon Kernow bowing out of this general
Yes, and as Tamsin said, in the last two elections they stood
in every seat in Cornwall, which they hadn't previously done,
so to go from six seats to zero is a bit of a shock
and it is probably a little-known fact that although,
as Tamsin has pointed out, their track record in general
elections isn't great, that MK members have actually
in the past been elected to Parliament and that is
because in the early days, and we saw some memorabilia there
from the start of the movement, it was a very broad-based
It was possible for instance to be a prominent Conservative or Liberal
politician and also a member of MK and people were.
Interesting to see other parties making the strategic withdrawals
Yes, this has emerged I think as one of the big stories
of the campaign so far and it began here in the South West.
Just to come back to MK, they have been clear that
in an outstanding candidates they are not thereby endorsing
The opposite is the case when it comes to UKIP and the Greens.
In UKIP's case they are deciding clearly quits strategically
they won't oppose conservative candidates whom they consider to be
sound enough Brexiteers, people who campaigned to leave
the EU during the referendum, campaigned last year and as some
of these people in UKIP have pointed out campaigned alongside some
of the people who might otherwise have been their opponents
They are of those standing against Conservatives who campaigned
The Greens are doing a very similar thing from the opposite side
They are targeting constituencies like St Ive's where the conservative
candidate won by a narrow margin and by not standing in the Greens
are hoping to reduce the otherwise fractured opposition to the Tory
to try to remove him or her at this election.
That's what the parties want the electorate to do.
Whether they will of course is the different question.
And what we do know, if we look at UKIP for instance,
that it is a very lazy and false assumption to say that the UKIP vote
always comes from the Tories and goes back to the Tories.
And in fact one Conservative candidate said he hopes that UKIP do
stand in his constituency, because if they don't he is worried
that those votes will go back to the Lib Dems.
A Bulgarian man accused of murdering his former partner
in Exeter says he accidentally searched online to find out how long
The body of Gergana Prodanova was found in a suitcase
Kostadin Kostov today denied playing any part in her death and said
the online search was due to a typing error.
A man accused of killing his ex-partner's two-year-old son has
told a court he loved him and was never violent towards him.
Joseph Eke from Weymouth denies murdering Harry House last May.
The toddler's face and body were covered in bruises,
and he suffered serious internal injuries and bleeding.
Now, many of us don't like injections or blood tests,
but for children it can be particularly daunting,
so a number of hospitals have adopted an idea to help make
Children with serious illnesses are being given the chance to be
scientists for a few hours to see how their blood is analysed.
Our health correspondent Jenny Walrond joined Idara who has
leukaemia as she explored the lab at Musgrove Park
Shall we take your blood tests down to the laboratory?
Blood tests and other invasive treatments are a fact of life
She has acute lymphoblastic leukaemia, but today
she is finding out what happened to her body doubles.
She is becoming a lab scientist for a few hours.
Every minute of every day, even Christmas Day or your birthday
there is someone in here working on your blood.
Why do you think we have less B positive than positive?
Because B positive is a rare blood group.
It is a benefit for our patients and also staff because it provides
an opportunity for them to engage with a patient when normally
the laboratory does not, even though they are directly
This visit has been organised to a charity called Harvey's Gang,
named after Harvey Buster Baldwin who had leukaemia and wanted to know
Sadly, Harvey died in 2014, but his curiosity has led
to children in other hospitals being allowed into labs.
They can see now why these tests need to be done.
We can ensure that they carry on with the treatment.
In here there are lots of cells and there are red
My best bit was interesting about the cells, that is
because it was really good, and my next interesting bit
And when she next has her blood taken, Idara knows
Great idea. Time for the weather with David. Good for the garden
today. Good evening. We have had some showers. More to come. It is
also good for the slugs. The rainfall will not be huge but dribs
and drabs. A little bit of water for the garden and the growers. Humid
and Misty tomorrow. A few showers around. Some could be quite heavy.
Low pressure in charge. From the south. Across so when win tonight
and much of tomorrow. Weather systems for a short time on Saturday
but more rain expected as a front approaches from the left. Coming
from the are perceiving there are a scattering of showers. They have
been gradually moving across the Channel and they are developing so
expect to see showers through the night. Mike misty conditions. Mild
compared to the last few nights. Temperatures should not fall much
below ten or 11 promised. Tomorrow is great, Misty, there will be show
is really from the start of today. But everyone seeing them. Gradually
the shower activity travels northwards and it gets drier and
perhaps even some late sunshine with temperatures between 13 and 16. On
Saturday it is a much brighter start. The risk of an early so but
most of the morning dry before we start to seek more cloud and more
persistent rain approach from the south-west. The weekend will have
some bright weather on both days. A few showers possible on Sunday. Mild
and Misty again by Monday. Thank you. That visitor must for now.
Breakfast news tomorrow morning. From the late team good night.
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