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Penrith and The Border Constituency

Constituency News

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • UK - Europe
    Article: Jan 2, 2021
    By Adrian Waite in The Cumberland and Westmorland Herald

    UK - European Union Deal - Outcome with no upsides not much better than "no deal"

    This letter was published in the 'Cumberland & Westmorland Herald' on 2nd January 2021.

  • Settle - Carlisle Line 1
    Article: Dec 2, 2020

    Penrith and the Border Liberal Democrats have written to Grant Shapps, the Secretary of State for Transport, to support the Friends of the Settle-Carlisle Line in their campaign to gain Community Rail Partnership status.

    This would give the Friends of the Settle-Carlisle Line the right to be consulted by Northern on any changes to the services or timetables on the Settle-Carlisle Line.

  • Gold Club Oct 20
    Article: Nov 2, 2020

    The old zoom draw technique was brought into action again with the folded tickets in an ideologically sound woven basket overlooked by the Gold Club committee.

    Looking forward to the days when we can all meet up in what our Prime Minister would call 'a public indoor space selling alcohol' so that you can all supervise the draw.

  • Autumn Conference 2020 will be 100% virtual
    Article: Oct 6, 2020

    How has the Covid-19 pandemic been for the UK? The story so far:

    "Conference believes that it is becoming increasingly clear that the UK Government failed to prepare properly for a pandemic and has been slow to act; in particular conference believes that:

    A. The level of testing was initially far too low and took too long to ramp up.

Our PPC - Matt Severn

Matt Severn Head Profile Square

I am 33, and married to Penny a social worker, and we have a wonderful young daughter, Molly (and an eccentric cat called Bilbo).

Raised in North Lancashire I have lived in Cumbria since 2009 and have been a District Councillor in Kendal since 2014. I have stood for Parliament twice before in Morecambe & Lunesdale.

I run an independent bookshop, and previous to that I was an insurance broker dealing with car crashes and flood claims including Storm Desmond.