A MOVE to include a Cornish nationality tickbox on the 20111 census has been rejected by MPs.
North Cornwall MP Dan Rogerson's amendment to the Draft Census Order 2009 for England and Wales was defeated by 261 votes to 49.
It followed a Facebook campaign backed by more than 3,000 people. The issue of Cornish language and identity was "considered" by the Office of National Statistics but was "not included in the proposals for the 2011 Census".
Speaking after the vote, Mr Rogerson said: "Since we are printing and processing a census anyway, there can hardly be any additional cost to adding a further box for people who want to use it.
"It beggars belief that Labour and Conservative MPs should have entered into this petty, unholy alliance against the Cornish interest.
"What harm would it do to have a Cornish box there and let people tick it if they want?"