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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.

  • 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.

  • 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

    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.