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Penrith and The Border Constituency

Constituency News

  • 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.

  • Gold jumper
    Article: Oct 6, 2020

    In the latest exciting draw we had a complete dominance of the single digit with the winners being:

    • 1st - 7
    • 2nd - 9
    • 3rd - 2

    And with no 2 getting a prize for the second month in a row. We need new competitors to challenge this 2!

    £5 a month with the winner taking 25% of the total takings. Contact Andy at andy@baker6.org.uk to beat the man who is 2. Good Luck!

  • Article: Sep 10, 2020

    Ask the Prime Minister about this! As he says:

    "Winston Churchill identified what he saw as the special genius of the English-speaking peoples.

    For my part I think we must be careful to avoid any such conceit or complacency that English-speakers are especially blessed; but it is certainly true that there is a series of interconnected ideas that have been highly successful, and that I certainly believe in.

  • Gold Club 1st draw
    Article: Sep 2, 2020

    Undaunted by virtual meetings the Gold Club made its first draw over zoom with the Chairman of the Club committee, Roger Dobson, keeping a watchful if distant eye on the Treasurer, Andy Baker, organising the draw. It was back to the usual paper tickets drawn from a wooden bowl, as a suitable high-tech but scrupulously impartial system was not available at short notice.

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.