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CUMBRIA’S INDUSTRIAL IDENTITY – HERALD COLUMN 6th JANUARY 2018

For many decades, Cumbrian planners have tried to create economic growth by backing large Cumbrian industries. This is understandable because our industrial revolution was a miracle. The slow growth of our traditional rural economy, celebrated by Wordsworth, was blown apart in the second half of the nineteenth century, as we tore into the land, extracting […]

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CHRISTMAS WISHES FROM PENRITH AND THE BORDER, DECEMBER 2017

This comes with the warmest wishes for Christmas and the New Year. I am writing near Pooley Bridge. The sheep are hunched against the rain under a low grey sky, the river is high, and the banks deep in dank brown leaves, but the limestone walls are sparkling. And through the surrounding thousand square miles […]

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RORY WELCOMES £1.3 BILLION BOOST TO NATIONAL SCHOOLS BUDGET

Rory has welcomed the announcement that there will be an additional £1.3 billion dedicated to schools funding over the next two years – helping to create more school places in Penrith and The Border, and more funds for headteachers to continue the important work they do in educating Penrith and The Border’s children. Rory commented […]

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Optimism in Politics – Herald Column Saturday 8th July 2017

The United Kingdom has never been so well-educated. The number of people going to university in Britain has exploded from three per cent in the 1950s to almost fifty per cent today. Our citizens have never been so well-informed about our politicians and their policies. And lobby groups have never been so relentlessly practical – […]

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Election Thank You – Letter to The Herald June 15th

Dear Sir, I would like, through your pages, to thank everyone who voted for me in the general election. ​It is a great honour to be returned as your Member of Parliament, in the most beautiful and special constituency in England. ​ ​I would like also to thank all of my campaign team and helpers in Penrith […]

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RORY STEWART MP RESPONDS TO CHANCELLOR’S 2017 SPRING BUDGET

Penrith and The Border MP Rory has responded to the Chancellor of the Exchequer’s Budget Statement delivered this afternoon. He welcomed the strong message of continuity, and the government’s commitment to remaining on the path to security and prosperity – while applauding in particular the Chancellor’s announcements on investment in skills and young people; in […]

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Rural Public Transport Request

Kirkby Stephen and all other small rural towns where there is insufficient population to be economically viable enough to run public transport privately require local authority funding to supplement and support a decent public transport infrastructure for the following reasons: 1. To sustain and support local economies – less people visit towns that have no […]

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The Public Point of View

My father died just over a year ago. I dreamt about him last night. Thinking about him, I’m reminded of two things today: first, that he loved me; and second, that he was – to put it mildly – puzzled by my choice of profession. He never saw the point of parliament, which he thought a ‘giant talking shop.’ […]