Community Engagement

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Rory Celebrates Wigton’s 750th Market Charter

Rory had the pleasure of joining the Wigton community on Saturday to celebrate the 750th anniversary of Wigton’s Market Charter, in the culmination of a fortnight of events commemorating King Henry III’s decree in 1262 permitting Wigton to hold a weekly market. Rory attended a civic service at St. Mary’s Church in Wigton on Saturday […]

Rory calls for more radical decentralisation

Rory  called on Government to go further, challenge large-scale organisational structures and take more risks in devolving powers to communities,  in a Westminster Hall debate on Sustainable Communities. He  used the debate to suggest that British government has much to do in order to catch up with other more progressive European countries, where devolved democratic […]

Rory’s Speech on Sustainable Communities

Transcript It is a great pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Mr Weir, and fantastic to speak in the debate. Thank you for calling me. A common theme in our debate on sustainable communities appears to be the old Britain. I am surrounded by my hon. Friends the Members for Carmarthen West and South Pembrokeshire […]


Static caravan VAT reduction success welcomed by Rory

Rory welcomes the news this week (beginning May 28) that the Government’s  plans to increase the VAT on static caravans will not go ahead after all. “I am delighted that I and my colleagues’ efforts have paid off, and that the Chancellor has confirmed that the proposed increase in VAT on static caravans will not, […]

Rural areas are vanguards for society

    In a parliamentary debate on 17 April, Rory Stewart MP called on the government to recognise rural communities as drivers of economic growth and vanguards for a high quality of life in the 21st century.   Rory pressed the government to give rural communities freedom not money. He said that First Responders should […]


Rory backs Cain campaign to reopen How Mill Station

Rory showed his support for the local Conservative candidate for Carlisle City Council’s Hayton ward, Harry Cain, on Saturday at a campaigning event to reopen the How Mill station near Brampton on the Newcastle – Carlisle mainline. The station, which has been closed since 1959 (just four years prior to the ‘Beeching Axe’ scheme, the informal […]

Rory quizzed at Cumbrian Young People’s Question Time

Rory Stewart joined fellow Cumbrian Members of Parliament John Stevenson (Carlisle) and John Woodcock (Barrow in Furness) for a Young People’s Question Time at Rheged on Saturday 25th February, in a panel question-and-answer event organised by Young Cumbria that will be followed by young people’s surgeries. The three Cumbrian MPs were  joined by Cumbria County Councillor Anne Burns (Children’s Social […]


rory chooses local teenager for cumbria young chef of 2012

Rory was a judge alongside Eric Robson of Cumbria Tourism at the final of the ‘Leading Hotels of Cumbria Young Chef 2012’ event on 4 February at Augill Castle, Brough, awarding Kirkby Stephen schoolgirl Fiona Lambert the top title of Cumbria’s Young Chef. The runner-up was Fiona’s friend and schoolmate Bethany Woof. Fiona triumphed in […]


real-life entrepreneurs

Rory  met and chatted with almost twenty small businesses from his constituency last Friday at an event organised by the Federation of Small Businesses, and pledged his support for small businesses by signing up to the FSB’s new campaign championing ‘Real-Life Entrepreneurs’. Businesses attending included Love Solar, Dodd and Co accountants, Maureen Whitemore Interior Design, Ling […]

cumbria young chef competition

Rory  is “delighted” to be judging the final of the ‘Leading Hotels of Cumbria Young Chef Competition’ at Augill Castle, Kirkby Stephen on 4th February. Local schoolgirls Fiona Lambert and Bethany Woof, both from Kirkby Stephen Grammar School, are preparing to go head to head in the final stage of the competition, hosted and sponsored by Simon and Wendy Bennett […]