Cllr Dick Cole was re-elected unopposed as the leader of the 'Party for Cornwall' at a meeting of Mebyon Kernow’s National Executive on Friday.

MK has an annual election to fill the four posts in its leadership team and when nominations for the position of leader closed on October 5, Cllr Cole was the only nominated candidate. The other three members of the MK leadership team were also elected unopposed.

Loveday Jenkin, the Cornwall councillor for Crowan and Wendron, will continue to serve as deputy leader, while Cllr Andrew Long, the Cornwall councillor for Callington, is treasurer. A newcomer to the leadership team is Cllr Michael Bunney from Gorran, who will be the new party development officer.

The results will be officially announced at MK’s National Conference which will take place in Truro on November 19.

Cllr Cole, who represents St Enoder Parish on the unitary authority, said: “I am very pleased that I will be continuing as the leader of Mebyon Kernow and I look forward to doing my utmost to demand a better deal for Cornwall and to promote MK as an alternative to the London-based political parties.”

One of the longest serving political leader in Britain, Cllr Cole was first elected MK leader in 1997.