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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.

  • Carers
    Article: Feb 27, 2021
    By Patricia Bell in The Cumberland and Westmorland Herald
    Letter printed in the Cumberland & Westmoreland Herald 27th February 2021
  • ballot postponed
    Article: Feb 25, 2021

    On 22nd Feb Robert Jenrick, Secretary of State for the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government made a statement to the House of Commons. In this he stated that he has opened a consultation about establishing a Unitary Authority or Authorities in Cumbria to replace the County Council and the District Councils.

  • Mark Christie - Lib Dem PCC Candidate (Mark Christie)
    Article: Feb 14, 2021
    By Mark Christie

    CUMBRIA POLICE & CRIME COMMISSIONER ELECTION MAY 2021
    Lib Dem candidate: Mark Christie

    As with many rural areas across the UK, rural crime is having a major impact on farmer's businesses, but also their mental health. According to NFU Mutual, livestock theft across the country costs farmers over £2.4 million a year, whilst theft of quad bikes is estimated to cost £2.3m and other agricultural vehicle theft over £5m. In the past year, there has been a 9% increase in rural crime, with a price tag estimated at £54m. Almost 70% of farmers and rural businesses have experienced criminal acts within a 12-month period.

  • EDC Site Location Map
    Article: Feb 8, 2021

    EDC have bought Voreda House from the NHS in order to move all EDC services onto one site and to release the Grade II* listed Town Hall and Mansion House for other uses. Voreda House is just along the road from the Town Hall so still in the heart of Penrith.

    "A single site has been on the council radar for 12 to 15 years. The two existing buildings are not fit for purpose," said Virginia Taylor, LibDem leader of EDC. "Attempts have been made but the buildings cannot be made more accessible. They cost a fortune to heat and emit ludicrous amounts of carbon."

  • Police officer closeup
    Article: Feb 8, 2021

    Cumbria Liberal Democrats have attacked local Conservative boasts about police funding as "smoke and mirrors" that dress up a potential Council Tax rise as if it were extra funding from the Government.

    Local Conservatives have claimed that "Cumbria Police is set to receive an additional 6 million in its funding, thanks to the Conservative Government's increase to police budgets." However, detailed Home Office figures reveal that the Government is only giving Cumbria Police an extra £3.5 million for the financial year 2021-22.