Gay campaigner and Green Party parliamentary candidate Peter Tatchell has compared the fight for LGBT rights with the little-known movement for self-rule for Cornwall.

“Both the campaigns for gay rights and Cornish rights involve challenging injustice,” he said ahead of Cornwall Pride tomorrow.

“They are different, but they share the same commitment to extending democratic freedoms and human rights.”

Mr Tatchell said he would be carrying both a rainbow flag and the Cornish national flag at the event as well as a placard reading:

“End ban on gay marriage.”

Cornwall has a population of just 531,000, but has historically been recognised as one of the “Celtic nations.”

Mr Tatchell, the Green Party candidate at the next election in the Oxford East constituency, said he advocated a “Scottish-style Cornish parliament (that) would bring power closer to the people and ensure a stronger focus on the needs and interests of Cornwall.”