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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.

  • 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.

  • PERN logo
    Article: Jul 9, 2021
    By Lorna Baker

    The UK government is proposing a new Immigration Bill that will effectively end asylum in this country. The Bill even has an option to develop "offshore" asylum processing. Good job that Pritti Patel was not in charge when the Kindertransport [or even her own parents] arrived.

    Penrith and Eden Refugee Network - PERN - are asking people to sign an open letter to Neil Hudson, our MP. The Immigration Bill is being debated in Parliament very soon and we want our MP to oppose the bill, just as he opposed the cut in international aid.

  • Lib Dem Candidates - 17 April C&WH (Cumberland & Westmorland Herald)
    Article: Apr 17, 2021
    In The Cumberland and Westmorland Herald
  • Protect EU citizens' right to stay campaign graphic
    Article: Mar 1, 2021

    The Liberal Democrats are calling on the Government to grant EU citizens the automatic right to stay in the UK, with the physical proof they need, as new Home Office figures reveal 80 people in Eden are still waiting for a decision on their Settled Status application, a small fraction of the 380,200 waiting in the UK.