kirkby stephen and alston meetings

  I have now done two hustings/candidate debates.  The first was in Kirkby Stephen on Monday, the second in Alston on Tuesday, and the third will be in Penrith tonight.  Tonight’s event will finish fittingly enough just before the national debate on television between the three leaders.  They are very, very strange events.  Important.  Useful.  […]

nenthead, alston and garrigill

13 April 2010, Nenthead, Alston and Garrigill By Will Clegg, member of the campaign team Today we visited Nenthead, Alston and Garrigill, mountain villages in P&B’s northeast that stand testament to the importance of our fight to defend local services and promote the distinct needs of rural communities. The village of Garrigill is one of […]

register to vote

Taking part in our democratic process is of great importance. If you have not already done so, please ensure you are registered to vote on 6th May. The deadline for registering to vote is 20th April. For further details and to find a registration form visit: You can also register to cast your vote […]

campaign launch

Cornmarket, Penrith Saturday 10th April 10AM I would be most grateful if you could come to the rally which will launch our campaign in the Cornmarket at Penrith, this Saturday 10 April at 10 am. We would like representatives from every part of this vast and varied constituency: not just from the Lakes, or the […]

the battle for the local in cumbria

Our fight to preserve Cumbrian schools, hospitals, community facilities, and local services has led us into a battle, which is not just local but national.  All across Britain, the hearts of rural villages and towns are collapsing and their culture of the local and personal is replaced by distant and inflexible centralized services. The latest […]



Dufton                                                                                                                 Greystoke Today, canvassing in Longtown, there were two (Chihuahuas, I think) in long coats. Last weekend, in Appleby a red Labrador and an English sheep-dog. A two thousand year old statue of a lurcher was found near Kirkby Thore, just four miles from Dufton, possibly (see below) associated with Syrian archers. Kirkby Thore was the […]

letter to herald on newton rigg

  I am delighted to see that all the main parties in Penrith and the Border, the Herald, and a very impressive range of non-political groups are now joined in our campaign to save Newton Rigg. This is far too important for party politics. There has never been more need for land-based education and the […]

wigton, nelson thomlinson and warnell

Wigton and Warnell First shop-keeper: Where do you stay? Rory:  Near Appleby Shop-keeper: What are you doing in Wigton then? I have been staying for the last three nights near Wigton, rather than returning home and I will be travelling around Caldbeck and Warnell this coming Tuesday (16th February), before moving onto Alston. The shop-keeper […]

local voices

Parking charges (and parking provision more generally) and the building of super-markets – are explosive issues across Cumbria. There is an overwhelming demand from Penrith shop-keepers, for example, to turn the current abandoned supermarket site into free temporary parking.  Most shops are finding that trade is down.  Across Britain, from Perth to Devon, independent high […]

wigton – 13 feb and 14th jan

Saturday, 13 February – Wigton No shopper or businessman, whom I met was in favour of the parking charges in Wigton. Most shop-keepers – and I stopped in almost every shop  – felt that the charges were reducing their trade. I had talked with many of the same shop-keepers in Wigton on 14th January and […]