Loveday Jenkin

Loveday Jenkin is a Cornish politician, biologist and language campaigner.


Loveday Jenkin
Leader of Mebyon Kernow
In office
Preceded byLoveday Carlyon
Succeeded byDick Cole
Personal details
Political partyMebyon Kernow
EducationCardiff University and the University of Cambridge

Jenkin is the daughter of Richard Jenkin and Ann Trevenen Jenkin, key figures in Cornish nationalist political party Mebyon Kernow. She attended Helston grammar school, later Helston comprehensive. Jenkin studied botany and biochemistry at Cardiff University and gained a doctorate in plant biochemistry the University of Cambridge. During the late 1980s and early 90s, she worked as education officer for Cornwall Wildlife Trust.[1]

In 1990, she was elected as leader of Mebyon Kernow, then at a low ebb. She served until 1997, focusing on reviving the party's electoral performance. She stood as the party's candidate for Cornwall and West Plymouth at the 1994 European election, taking 1.5% of the vote. Soon after, she was elected to Kerrier District Council, representing the Crowan district until the council was merged into Cornwall Council, a unitary authority.[1]

She subsequently stood, unsuccessfully, for Parliament on a number of occasions. At the 2010 general election, Jenkin stood in Camborne and Redruth, taking 775 votes, coming fifth of seven candidates.[2] At the 2015 general election, Jenkin again stood in Camborne and Redruth, taking 897 votes, giving her the last place of six candidates standing, but increasing her vote total and also her percentage of votes cast (+0.2%).

Jenkin was elected to Cornwall Council in a 2011 by-election, representing the Wendron district,[3] and was subsequently re-elected in 2013 and 2017.[4] In 2014, Jenkin was selected by Mebyon Kernow to represent the party at the 2015 General Elections.[5]

Jenkin was a lecturer for the University of Exeter at the Camborne School of Mines,[1] where she undertook studies into Japanese knotweed.[6] She is also a bard of Gorsedh Kernow,[1] has served as Cornwall's Great Trees Officer for the National Trust,[7] and chairs the Cornish Language Fellowship.[8]

Personal Life

Jenkin has two children, who were brought up speaking Cornish as their first language.[1] Jenkin is a member of Akademi Kernewek, the official body responsible for corpus planning for the Cornish language,[9] serving on the terminology panel and the Cornish language place-names and signage panel.[10]


  1. Bernard Deacon, Dick Cole and Garry Tregidga, Mebyon Kernow and Cornish nationalism, p. 132
  2. "MK downcast following vote disappointment", Western Morning News, 12 May 2010
  3. "Mebyon Kernow triumph in Wendron election", Falmouth Packet, 25 November 2011
  4. "Councillor details - Loveday Jenkin". 26 July 2018. Retrieved 26 July 2018.
  5. "Cornwall Councillor to represent Mebyon Kernow at General Election". Falmouth Packet. Retrieved 20 September 2019.
  6. "Eden 'weeds out' invasive plant", BBC News, 10 February 2002
  7. "County's new 'great' tree project ", BBC News, 20 September 2008
  8. "Language fellowship calls for more 'Cornish pride'", BBC News, 7 April 2011
  9. "Akademi Kernewek". Cornwall Council. Cornwall Council. Archived from the original on 27 October 2017. Retrieved 26 October 2017.
  10. "Akademi Kernewek". Akademi Kernewek. Akademi Kernewek. Retrieved 26 October 2017.
Party political offices
Preceded by
Loveday Carlyon
Leader of Mebyon Kernow
Succeeded by
Dick Cole