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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.

  • Westminster
    Article: Jun 23, 2020

    Westminster's broken political system is shutting out people who need their voices heard now more than ever during the coronavirus pandemic.

    Our democracy doesn't need piecemeal change, it needs a radical overhaul.

    On 8th June our Constitutional Affairs spokesperson Wendy Chamberlain led a debate in the House of Commons calling for a radical overhaul of Westminster politics.

  • Gladstone's Library (Gladstone's Library)
    Article: Jun 11, 2020
    In Gladstone's Library Website

    "At the core of our being, we at Gladstone's Library believe that Black Lives Matter. We also believe that if it is the democratic will, after due process, to remove statues of William Gladstone, our founder, we would not stand in the way. Nor, we think, would Gladstone himself - who worked tirelessly on behalf of democratic change. This is why we believe that what matters is how we live today, our values, our democratic process and political involvement. William Gladstone whose politics were strikingly different to his Tory father's politics and values, was the first British politician to lead a left-leaning government and to institute dramatic democratic changes when he introduced the secret ballot, universal education and a foreign policy based on freedom and liberty and not the aggrandisement of Empire."

  • Bus art
    Article: May 20, 2020
    By Adrian Waite

    We are all aware of the importance of bus services to rural communities including those in the Eden Valley. The news that Labour/LibDem coalition run Cumbria County Council has been awarded £380,000 under the government's scheme for funding Supported Bus Services during 2020/21 is therefore to be welcomed; as is the proposal by the County Council to use part of the money to support new bus services between Appleby and Kirkby Stephen and to connect Kirkby Stephen town centre with the railway station and surrounding villages. We should be grateful to officers in the County Council's transport service for their work in securing this funding.

  • 200516-Eden DC here to help - Herald
    Article: May 18, 2020
    In The Cumberland and Westmorland Herald

    Whether you are running a small business or have lost a job or are a vulnerable person or just want to know if the binmen are going to turn up make LibDem led Eden District Council your first port of call. Phone on 01768 817817 or email customer.services@eden.co.uk or look on website www.eden.gov.uk

  • Local Government Funding by Neil Hughes - Letter to Herald 11May2020 - LD border
    Article: May 11, 2020
    By Neil Hughes in The Cumberland and Westmorland Herald