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Penrith and Border - Views of our constituency"The Liberal Democrats exist to build and safeguard a fair, free and open society in which we seek to balance the fundamental values of liberty, equality and community and in which no one will be enslaved by poverty, ignorance or conformity. "

We believe that we are equal in the community of the European Union. A union with free and open borders and which safeguards the liberties and wealth of its citizens.

The world is changing and the old organisation of politics between left and right is breaking down. The new groupings can be considered as dividing between Open and Closed both in economic and social attitudes. The Liberal Democrats strive to be Open espousing free trade, free movement and tolerance of difference.

  • Election manifesto for the new Westmorland and Furness Council
    Article: Apr 7, 2022

    Today, Liberal Democrats have launched their election manifesto for the new Westmorland and Furness Council.

    Download the election manifesto for the new Westmorland and Furness Council

    The new council will take over the existing district councils in Eden, South Lakeland and Barrow, as well as the county council.

  • Election-map-Eden-Oct-2021 (The Elections Centre)
    Article: Oct 1, 2021

    On 30th Sept the LibDems won the by-election in Penrith West for Eden District Council. This is a two member ward and the vacancy was created by the resignation of the Conservative John Thompson. Virginia Taylor is the other sitting member in the ward and she led an intensive campaign for our Candidate [now Councillor] Roger Burgin. There was a good range of opposition but the sound of footfall on the streets of Penrith West came mostly from the LibDems, including at least three visits from Westmorland and Lonsdale MP, Tim Farron. Result - on a very low turn out - was:

  • Article: Aug 9, 2021

    Senior Liberal Democrats in Cumbria do not back the Labour leader of the county council for taking the decision to legally challenge the recently announced local government reorganisation.

    Stewart Young has sent a pre-action protocol letter to the Government, challenging their decision to split Cumbria into two new councils.

  • Letter to Neil Hudson
    Article: Jul 27, 2021

    Letter sent to Neil Hudson MP from P&B LibDems

    Dear Dr Hudson, Together with Refugees

    I am writing to you on behalf of Penrith & the Border Liberal Democrats.
    People in Penrith and the Border want kindness and compassion in our own lives, in our
    communities, and for others. This includes upholding the long British tradition of welcoming
    people who seek asylum in the UK and giving them a chance to build a new life. We have
    been happy to welcome refugees into Penrith and the Border and across Cumbria. Our
    community is enriched by the economic and cultural contributions of our increasingly diverse
    population - and this very much includes refugees.
    We are shocked by the Government's proposals that will prevent people seeking asylum in
    the UK and deny those who are waiting for a claim to be heard the means to live a dignified
    life. How we treat refugees is about who we are. If any one of us feared for our lives or for our loved ones, we would want to know that others would help us to safety. This means standing up for people's ability to seek safety in the UK no matter how they came here and ensuring
    people can live in dignity while they wait for a decision on their asylum application. It means
    empowering refugees to build their lives and make valuable contributions to our communities.
    And it means the UK working with other countries to do our bit to help people who are forced
    to flee their homes.

  • Proposed constituency boundaries
    Article: Jul 9, 2021

    The Boundary Commission has announced extraordinary new Parliamentary Constituencies for Cumbria which have astounded and bemused many local people.

    Only someone sitting in an office in London who has never been to Cumbria could come up with new constituencies that put Windermere in with Whitehaven, Kirkby Lonsdale in with Alston and crosses the county boundary to Lancashire.