Local Lib Dem MP, Stephen Gilbert, has welcomed today’s announcement of £150,000 of new funding to promote and develop the Cornish language. The grant to the Cornish Language Partnership follows £500,000 of government investment since 2010.
The announcement was made today by the Liberal Democrat Communities Minister Stephen Williams MP and the Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg.
Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg said:
“I’m delighted to have secured additional funding to preserve the Cornish language. When visiting on St Piran’s day it was clear to me that language is central to Cornwall’s heritage. I am determined to keep it alive and thriving.
“After Celtic conversations died out in the nineteenth century, great efforts have been made to revive and return Cornish to common use. It would be a crime to let such a distinct language disappear again.
“I’m proud to say the funding I pushed for will continue to ensure Cornish is spoken and heard across the county for generations to come. Capitalising on the culture which makes Cornwall unique will also bring more visitors to the region and in turn boost Cornwall’s economy, building a stronger economy and fairer society.”
Commenting, Stephen Gilbert said:
“I am delighted that Nick Clegg has worked in Government to push for this extra funding for the Cornish language. This is great news for Cornwall, for our history and our culture.
“When I welcomed Nick Clegg to Cornwall last week for St Piran’s Day, we talked about the issues facing our community and the importance of keeping our cultures and traditions alive. That includes the Cornish language, and today’s announcement is a sign of that commitment to Cornwall from the Liberal Democrats in government.”