On the Fells

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, […]


big society

Big Society vanguard put Whitehall on the spot to remove bureaucratic barriers   The community coalition in the Eden Valley Big Society ‘vanguard’ want to break down barriers and remove stifling regulation to change their local area – and have put civil servants on the spot in the process. At an event in Eden Valley […]


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 […]


shankhill primary school

SHANKHILL PRIMARY SCHOOLCHILDREN WIN PARLIAMENTARY AWARD FOR INTERNET Shankhill Primary School yesterday won a prestigious parliamentary prize for their work on the internet. They received the £1,200 prize at a ceremony in parliament with Rory Stewart MP. Rory also gave them a tour of parliament. The prize was in the North-West section of the Make […]


export ban for crosby garrett mask

 CALLS FOR EXPORT BAN ON THE CROSBY GARRETT ROMAN MASK Rory Stewart, MP for Penrith and the Border has called on an immediate ban on the export of the Crosby Garrett Roman mask, which sold today for £2.3 million at auction in Christie’s – almost eight times the estimated price. Rory’s own personal email and website […]


cumbria at conservative party conference

CUMBRIA AT CONSERVATIVE PARTY CONFERENCE Cumbria and its unique position as the only rural vanguard for the government’s ‘Big Society’ was a key issue at this week’s Conservative Party Conference in Birmingham. It was debated at a variety of main-stage and fringe events and widely cited by members of the government. On Sunday October 3rd […]