Cornwall 'declares independence'

Its reputation as a pocket of nationalist rebellion has long formed part of Cornish folklore.

But now tourism leaders in the South West appear to have further distanced themselves from the rest of the country after those charged with promoting the holiday destination were asked not to refer to "England" in promotional material.

In a move which appears to chime with those who have called for Cornish independence, Visit Cornwall boss Malcolm Bell has asked tourism staff to drop references to "county" and "England" in favour of "region" or simply the name Cornwall itself.