Penrith and The Border MP Rory Stewart attended a meeting with farmers from the Milburn and Dufton areas to discuss the challenges with commons payments. The farmers raised concerns that Natural England has been claiming Owner’s Surplus under the Basic Payment Scheme (BPS) since 2015, despite formerly promising not to do so. Following the outbreak […]
Rory made his fifth visit to Innovia Films manufacturing site in Wigton. Innovia has long been one of the largest employers in Penrith and the Border, a key part of the Wigton economy and a national leader in research and development. Rory has in the past successfully campaigned for Innovia to produce the new five pound note […]
Rory has welcomed recent figures showing that rising superfast broadband coverage has boosted the national turnover of local businesses by £9 billion. Newly released figures published by the Department of Culture, Media and Sport show that national superfast broadband coverage has now reached 95.39% while, in the North West, 96.31% of homes and businesses now have […]
Rory visited Wigton Swimming Baths to show his support for the recently approved plans for development. Since the Trust took over the management of the baths they had become increasingly aware that the lack of dry side space had inhibited business and its potential for growth. The Trust set about plans for a ‘Loft’ development, […]
Rory met with Caldbeck Parish Council to discuss the proposed plans to create a wheelchair and pushchair friendly path and cycle way joining together two picturesque Cumbrian villages, Caldbeck and Hesket Newmarket. A call for such a footpath was included in the 2005-15 Parish plan and was overwhelmingly supported by parishioners. The parish Plan was […]
There are many drivers of prison violence – the greatest is probably the surge in the use of Spice and other mind-altering drugs. But the trend is clear. Assaults have risen steadily over the last five years and there were more than eight thousand attacks on prison staff last year alone. Violence wrecks prisons. It doesn’t only make it challenging to perform the most […]
Rory is encouraging communities to nominate their local high streets for the Great British High Street Awards 2018. These awards, sponsored by Visa, celebrate local achievements on the nation’s high streets and will encourage communities to share suggestions to improve them in the face of new challenges. Community teams, councils and trading associations can register […]
Rory appeared on Good Morning Britain today, to discuss the Government’s decision to take control of HMP Birmingham.