Author: John Stevenson

John Stevenson: I am an enthusiastic supporter of the levelling-up agenda. It is a flagship Conservative policy, it was a key part of the 2019 manifesto, and it is very much built on the concept of the northern powerhouse, which was established in 2014. The levelling-up agenda can change lives and communities. People often ask what “levelling up” actually means. I think it is quite simple: the goal is to improve people’s lives. To achieve that, clearly there will be a number of initiatives, on infrastructure—road, rail and broadband; better housing; an improved environment; better health outcomes; and the skills…

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John Stevenson MP for Carlisle today welcomed the news from The Department of Education, that a funding agreement has been reached with the school, allowing them to convert to becoming an academy from 1st September 2021. This means that the local authority will cease to maintain the school from this date. Speaking, John said ‘I am delighted to have received a letter of confirmation from Rt Hon Gavin Williamson CBE MP informing me that a funding agreement is now in place for the school from September 2021. A good standard of education for our children is so vitally important and…

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John Stevenson, MP for Carlisle has joined forces with Peter Aldous MP for Waveney and has written today to the Prime Minister to urge him not to press on with plans to cut Universal Credit payments from October. In the letter to the Prime Minister both John Stevenson and Peter Aldous have been clear that they did not take this step lightly however both agreed that the £20 per week increase, brought in as a response to the pandemic should be made permanent. Speaking John said, ‘The majority of people in my constituency of Carlisle, who will be directly impacted…

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John Stevenson MP today joined with other Northern Conservative MPs to demand that the Prime Minister delivers on the promises he made during his leadership campaign for the Government to free Northern high streets from the shackles of burdensome regulations and business rates. The proposals follow last month’s announcement which saw the NRG pushing the Government to level up the places like Carlisle. In the recent plans for high streets across the North, the NRG has called on the Government to liberalise Use Class Orders and introduce business rates holidays for businesses that move to the high street. The NRG…

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John Stevenson: To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will make an estimate of the number of calories per day by which a person’s diet will be reduced as a result of the restrictions proposed by the Government on (a) foods high in fat, salt or sugar, (b) broadcast advertising of those foods and (c) online advertising of those foods. Jo Churchill: Obesity is a complex problem caused by many different factors to which there is no single solution. We know that regular overconsumption of a relatively small number of calories leads to individuals…

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The National Lottery Heritage Fund has today awarded £98,700 to Cumbria’s Museum Of Military Life in Carlisle. The resilience project will run for three and a half years from November 2021 and is aimed at providing the basis for a more sustainable future for Cumbria’s Museum of Military Life in Carlisle. Commenting John said, ‘This is very welcome news for Carlisle. The Museum of Military Life plays a vital role in the history of the city, telling the 300 year story of the county’s Infantry Regiment and it’s solders past and present through exhibitions, documents, photographs and artefacts. It is…

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The site is opening at Cecil Street car park and is part of an aim to open more ‘walk through’ test sites across the UK, which are more accessible for people on foot or by bicycle. This site is in addition to the regional drive through testing sites, as well as home testing both of which can be booked through the Governments online portal. Free and accessible testing is the cornerstone of the NHS Test and Trace service which brings together testing, contact tracing and outbreak management. This helps prevent the spread of the virus, protect local communities and save…

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MP John Stevenson has visited the Oak Tree Animals’ Charity in Carlisle, a charity that has been helping animals in the area for over 122 years. The charity’s mission is to help companion animals in need, and it is involved in fostering and rehoming animals, offering advice and training to the community, and supporting vulnerable pet owners. Their main aim is to ensure that every animal that comes in to their care ends up in the right home for that individual animal. The charity is keen for people to visit the site at Wetheral Shields which boasts 60 acres of…

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The successful project titled PLACE: Paths to Learning: Active Community Engagement was put forward by the Cumbria Development Education. The project will receive £248,600 of funding in order to create and retain green jobs and support new nature schemes in Carlisle. Following the success of the first round, the Government doubled the size of the Green Recovery Challenge Fund, allocating an additional £40 million investment for a second round of funding. The Green Recovery Challenge Fund is a short-term competitive fund, which has kick-started environmental renewal, and created and retained thousands of jobs in England. It has been delivered at…

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Carlisle MP John Stevenson MP has kickstarted his summer tour around the constituency as this Parliamentary session ends. During his tour John will be visiting a mixture of businesses, local groups, organisations and tourist attractions. During the summer tour, John will also be hosting a number of face to face surgeries in towns and villages across Carlisle as well as those in the Constituency office. The meetings will still be by appointment but John will be with local councillors in Belah on 12th August and Newtown and Morton North, Harraby South and Parklands, and Stansfield and Morton West on 17th…

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