What is Mebyon Kernow?
Mebyon Kernow (MK) – The Party for Cornwall (Cornish for Sons of Cornwall) is a Cornish nationalist, centre-left political party in Cornwall, a county in the southwestern United Kingdom.
Influenced by the growth of Cornish nationalism in the first half of the twentieth century, Mebyon Kernow formed as a pressure group in 1951. Helena Charles was its first chair, while the novelist Daphne du Maurier was another early member.
In 1953 Charles won a seat on a local council, although lost it in 1955. In the 1970s, MK became a fully-fledged political party, and since then it has fielded candidates in elections to the House of Commons and the European Parliament, as well as local government in Cornwall.
Mebyon Kernow's platform is Cornish nationalism believes that Cornwall should not be categorised as a county of England but as an independent nation within the United Kingdom alongside England, Wales, Northern Ireland and Scotland.
It emphasises a distinct Cornish identity, including the Cornish language and elements of Cornish culture. It campaigns for devolution to Cornwall in the form of a Cornish Assembly.
Economically, it is social democratic, calling for continued public ownership of education and healthcare and the re-nationalisation of railways. It also calls for greater environmental protection and continued UK membership of the European Union.