“For the majority of my constituents, this has been a terrible week in which many have suffered. Entire communities have been stranded, some households have been without electricity and light, and in severe cases farmers are suffering the significant loss of stock at one of the most important times of the farming calendar, just as lambing and calving begins.
As ever, in scenes reminiscent of Storm Desmond, our communities have come together to assist one another. I want to thank all those rural communities where farmers and many others – but especially farmers –  have been working from dawn until late into the night to clear roads, particularly in areas like Alston Moor, the East Fellside villages, and the remote valleys around Kirkby Stephen. For those who have shown compassion for their older or less able neighbours, a particularly heartfelt thank you. And to our emergency services – Cumbria Constabulary, our Fire services, the NHS and our doctors and nurses and emergency medics, the Mountain Rescue teams, and of course the Council’s Highways teams – I understand that you have been battling in some of the toughest conditions in living memory, and your dedication and energy has once again highlighted the ability of Cumbrians to respond fast and effectively in times of need.
I look forward to getting out into communities this week to visit some of you. If you would like to be in touch about the impact of this week’s wether on your farm, home or business, please get in touch immediately – either by emailing me at [email protected] or by calling my constituency office on 01768 484114.”
Rory Stewart MP
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