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Discovering Eden Sir John Mandeville, the great medieval traveller, claimed to have visited almost every place in the world except the Garden of Eden: he describes China; he describes a country of “eternal darkness” which appears to be Afghanistan. “But of Paradise,” he writes, “I cannot speak, for I was not there … which I […]

rural communities deserve fast broadband

Article first published in Farmers Weekly on 15th October 2010 Modern communities that are key to the prosperity of our countryside I am often asked about my focus in Parliament and when I say ‘broadband’, people’s faces fall. The reactions I get imply that they had expected a conversation about high politics but are getting […]

alston snow plough

Alston residents create community snowplough Residents of England’s highest market town have come up with a solution to combat its winter isolation. Alston in Cumbria is frequently cut off by blizzards and snow drifts, with the past winter one of the most severe for a generation. The town has a number of co-operative enterprises, and […]


wigton christmas lights

  Wigton Christmas Lights Rory Stewart MP for Penrith and the Border switched on Wigton’s Christmas lights on Saturday 27th November in front of hundreds of Wigton residents. After spending the afternoon watching a musical concert at Wigton’s Methodist Church and walking and chatting to stallholders in the town’s festive street-market, Rory led a walkabout […]

community hospitals

  Community hospitals Joint League of Friends Rory committed to fight for the north Cumbria’s community hospitals in a meeting with representatives of the Joint Leagues of Friends (JLOF) on Saturday November 27th at Penrith Hospital. Rory emphasised the vital role of community hospitals and “the crucial importance of supporting them”. Representatives from Wigton, Penrith, […]

broadband success in cumbria

  Secretary of State hails broadband success in Cumbria Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, Jeremy Hunt, described Rory Stewart, MP for Penrith and the Border, as ‘instrumental’ in winning the broadband grant for his Cumbrian constituency. The Secretary of State said: ‘I am delighted to be able to announce the support for […]

cumbria broadband boost

Cumbria gets Broadband Boost in CSR   Cumbria was one of the surprise beneficiaries of today’s Comprehensive Spending Review. Among the many cuts announced by the Chancellor, George Osborne, was a commitment to invest in bringing Next Generation Access (NGA) broadband to Carlisle and Eden Districts. Cumbria has been selected as the location for one […]

national citizen service

CUMBRIA’S BID TO PILOT NATIONAL CITIZENS SERVICE   Rory has thrown his weight behind Cumbria’s bid to pilot the government’s voluntary National Citizen Service (NCS) scheme. The scheme will allow 11 leavers from different backgrounds and locations to become community volunteers and participate in youth initiatives all over Cumbria. The project would be run by Connexions […]

school councils of north eden

 COUNCIL LEADERS OPEN NORTH EDEN SCHOOL COUNCILS DEBATE Rory opened the School Councils of North Eden (SCoNE) debate at the Town Hall in Penrith on Friday 8 October, meeting students and teachers of schools from Calthwaite, Greystoke, Langwathby, Lazonby, High Hesket, Kirkoswald, Patterdale, Penruddock, Plumpton, Skelton and Stainton and joining Chairman of Eden District Council […]