Author: John Stevenson

January is when the glossy adverts for summer holidays start to appear – with images of blue seas and beaches. This is the time we begin planning for upcoming events in our lives; not just holidays, but other occasions such as sport, visiting families and other important dates. It does seem that we are in a better place to begin planning these events than we were this time last year, which should give us all a bit of hope. Here in Carlisle, we will be commemorating at least three significant events this year. The first is a national event –…

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Plans are underway for a day of commemoration and reflection to be hosted in Carlisle, as 2022 sees the 40th anniversary of the end of the Falklands conflict. The Falklands War began on 2nd April 1982 when Argentine Armed Forces, then under the leadership of President Galtieri, invaded the Falkland Islands, a UK Overseas Territory. In response, the UK Government sent a task force to recover the Islands and to restore UK sovereignty. Whilst the conflict itself lasted only 74 days, ending on 14th June 2022, it was costly in terms of lives lost with 255 UK Armed Forces personnel…

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John Stevenson, MP for Carlisle is backing plans to extend pensions auto-enrolment to everyone aged 18+ and for part-time workers, which leading research shows will add £3.6 billion to the pensions savings of workers in Carlisle. John has today announced his backing for a Private Members Bill by fellow Conservative MP Richard Holden, which would add £2.77 Trillion to the pensions savings of British workers across the UK. Auto-enrolment into pensions was introduced in 2012 by the Conservative-led Coalition Government and as a result the amount of people saving towards a pension in addition to their state pension has increased…

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The 8th annual Carlisle Skills Fair hosted by John Stevenson MP is set to go ahead on Thursday 27th January, 2.30-6.30pm at Carlisle College. Over 50 local employers and education, training and skills providers are set to attend. This is the largest number of employers and skills providers from the Carlisle area under one roof, since 2020. Speaking John said, “The clock striking midnight on New Year’s Eve often turns thoughts to a fresh start and a time for change in the year ahead. For some this may be the first steps on a career path, with a training course…

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I recently held a debate in Parliament on the importance of the food and drink sector to the UK. Here in Carlisle, of course, we are fortunate to have a very significant food and drink sector with Nestle, Two Sisters, McVitie’s – and plenty of others – who between them employ more than 2,500 people directly and even more indirectly. To the surprise of many, food and drink is the nation’s largest manufacturing sector. It employs more than 440,000 people in the UK and makes a significant contribution to the national and local economies. It is also an important exporter…

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For the financial year 2021-22, the Department for Education through the OfS has awarded £150 million to 100 colleges and universities to modernise and upgrade their facilities and equipment to boost access to higher technical training and flexible courses in key subjects, such as engineering, healthcare and science, that will help tackle regional skills gaps and level up local economies. Following a successful bid, the University of Cumbria has been awarded £1,312,400. £1,282,400 will be used to enhance facilities and infrastructure and the provision of equipment used in delivery of high-cost subject areas such as midwifery, nursing, paramedicine and STEM,…

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John Stevenson: If a member of the NHS decides that they do not want to be vaccinated, will they be given a redundancy payment; and if not, why not? But if they are and that is the policy, how much would it cost the NHS, and would that be a good use of taxpayers’ money? Sajid Javid: I believe that it would not be classed as redundancy because it would not be redundancy; that job would not have become redundant. If an individual chooses not to get vaccinated, that is of course a decision for them to make. The way…

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I am supporting the Government tonight on all plan B measures except for the use of covid vaccination passports and the compulsory vaccination of all frontline NHS staff. First and foremost I would like to urge everyone who has not been vaccinated to take up the offer of the first, second and booster jabs if they can. This is the only way we can fight the spread of this dreadful disease and the emerging variants. However at a time when the NHS is under increasing pressure, and given the remarkable performance of our NHS staff to date in the fight…

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There are two main roles for a Member of Parliament these days. The first is as the representative in Parliament of the constituency that they were elected in. The second role is the work they do locally within their constituency as the local MP. The second part of the job tends to get more focus because as MP I hold surgeries locally, dealing with an incredibly wide range of issues, and visit many different local organisations within the city. Carlisle has such a diverse range of businesses and organisations there is always a huge amount to see and attend to…

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John Stevenson has marked ‘Boost Day’ – the one year anniversary of the UK becoming the first country in the world to approve Pfizer’s Covid vaccine – by urging people in Carlisle to get their booster jab when they are called forward.More than 115 million vaccine doses have now been administered across the UK, and over 18 million people – including 28,288 in Carlisle– have now received a Covid-19 booster jab to protect themselves and their loved ones this winter.By getting their booster jab, people will strengthen the wall of defence against Covid-19 and allow everyone to enjoy Christmas safely…

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