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MINISTER FOR PRISONS – HERALD COLUMN 3RD MARCH 2018

I became the Minister for Prisons six weeks ago. When I first visited prisons – teaching briefly in Oxford prison – in the early 1990s, there were 45,000 prisoners in Britain. Today, there are 85,000. This is not because crime has increased – the national crime survey suggests that there was four times as much […]

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RORY ASKS FOR SOLUTIONS TO WEATHERIGGS PARK SEWAGE DILEMMA

Rory Stewart MP has met with representatives from United Utilities and Eden District Council to explore solutions to the failing drainage system in Penrith’s Weatherigg’s Park, which has caused sewerage to be washed up onto pathways and grass verges throughout the park, during heavy downpours. The park, which is located between Clifford Road and the A66, is well […]

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WHY WE REMEMBER RABBIE BURNS – HERALD COLUMN 3RD FEBRUARY 2018

Last Saturday – Burns night – trews, kilts, tartan sashes, a haggis, an ode, two pipers struggling to drink their quaichs. 300 heads nodded wisely as someone sung – “Robin Shure in hairst” – and perhaps 10 heads knew what those words meant. Why were we ritually remembering Rabbie Burns? After all, the poet would […]

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RORY CO-HOSTS ‘CUMBRIA DAY’ BUSINESS NETWORKING EVENT IN HOUSE OF COMMONS

Penrith and The Border MP Rory Stewart, together with his parliamentary colleagues, co-hosted the third ‘Cumbria Day’ in the Houses of Parliament this week, showcasing the very best of Cumbrian produce and ingenuity in London, and setting the scene for one of a high-profile business networking opportunity in the heart of Westminster. A total of […]

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RORY MEETS CUMBRIA COUNTY COUNCIL​’S NEW ​CHIEF EXECUTIVE

Penrith and The Border MP ​Rory Stewart ​has met with Cumbria County Council’s new Chief Executive, Katherine Fairclough​.​Rory Stewart MP said: “It was great to finally meet with Katherine​​ and discuss the challenges we need to overcome in Penrith and The Border​ – ​​particularly ​around ​the lack of reliable ​broadband​ – ​and our ​ideas and ambitions for the region​ and […]

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RORY APPEARS BEFORE THE JUSTICE COMMITTEE

Rory appears before the Justice Committee in his capacity as Minister of State at the Ministry of Justice on 24 January 2018 to answer questions on HM Inspectorate of Prisons’ report on HMP Liverpool. Pia Sinha, Governor, HMP Liverpool, Michael Spurrr, Chief Executive, HM Prisons and Probation Service, Kevin Miller, Director of Facilities Management, Amey, […]

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RORY COMMENDS PENRITH PUB CHEF

Penrith and The Border MP Rory Stewart has commended local pub chef Stephen Tierney, from The Cross Keys Inn, Penrith, as part of the Parliamentary Pub Chef of the Year award. Although Stephen was not selected as one of the national finalists, he was selected by the local MP as a superb chef offering great food in the local […]