’Very disappointed’ Cornwall Councillors have called for a rethink on the Boundary Commission’s decision to go ahead with hugely controversial plans to create a new Parliamentary ’Devonwall’ constituency.

The Commission has decided to formally propose a Bideford, Bude and Launceston cross-border constituency as part of its 2018 review of parliamentary boundaries.

Cornwall Council had strongly objected to the plan.

In a statement, the council said: ’As well as destroying the integrity of Cornwall’s historic border, which would cause great distress to numerous residents, this proposal also conflicts with the spirit and intent of the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities.

’We strongly believe there are cultural, legal, geographic and political reasons to maintain our border in terms of Parliamentary representation and we will be lobbying Parliament and calling on the Boundary Commission to rethink this proposal.’