Stephen Williams MP Minister for Communities and Local Government writes in the Liberal Democrat Voice:
"I would like to highlight our achievement in granting minority status for the Cornish. After months of hard work we announced in April that the proud history, unique culture, and distinctive language of Cornwall will be fully recognised, under European rules, for the protection of national minorities. As a proud Welshman I was determined to extend to the Cornish the same status already enjoyed by the Welsh and our fellow Celts, the Scots and the Irish. Importantly, government departments and public bodies will now be required to take Cornwall’s views into account when making policy decisions. This is a landmark breakthrough for the people of Cornwall and I believe that we should be proud to have officially recognised their status as a minority."
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