Author: John Stevenson

John Stevenson: What steps he is taking to help ensure the competitiveness of the food and drink manufacturing sector. As the Minister knows, the food and drinks manufacturing sector is the largest in this country, employing more than 400,000 people directly. It is a major innovator and exporter. My concern is that the sector may get too much red tape and regulation. If we look at the obesity strategy, for example, there could be a lot of regulation with very little gain. Can she reassure me that there will be proper scrutiny of any legislation, and that the minimum burdens…

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John Stevenson, MP for Carlisle has supported a bid that has been put forward by Carlisle City Council to the Government’s Levelling Up Fund. The bid which has outlined a case for investment in Tullie House, will target two significant areas, providing support to the city centre and improving the cultural offer in Carlisle. Tullie House is part of the historical and cultural quarter of the City and the bid significantly supports both of these aspiration. John said, “Investment in Tullie House will without a shadow of a doubt, have an impact on improving the attraction and vitality of the…

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John Stevenson: To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether reformulated food and drink which is high in fat, salt or sugar will not be allowed to be promoted or advertised under the Government’s proposals to restrict those practices. Jo Churchill: Products that are reformulated and achieve the Nutrient Profiling Model threshold will be out of scope of the restrictions and therefore able to be promoted.

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The Boundary Commission for England has published proposals for new Parliamentary constituencies as part of a review that will complete in 2023. A review is underway so that constituencies are more equal by population with current boundaries meaning there are significant discrepancies across the UK. This is the first consultation with another two rounds of consultation to follow. Comments can be made via the link www.bcereviews.org.uk/ and the closing date for comments is 2nd August 2021. I’ll be making my own submission in due course. I would also interested to hear if you support the changes proposed at this initial…

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John Stevenson MP is encouraging primary schools in Carlisle to participate in the Mathematics World Cup! John has written to the Head Teachers of local primary schools within his constituency, to promote involvement in the initiative. The free event organised by Numberfit in partnership with the UCL Institute of Education is running between 14th -18th June and is aimed at improving the mental and physical health of primary school children, as well as their education. John said ‘This event has a number of academic benefits and is a fun way for primary school children to get involved in a global…

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John Stevenson, MP for Carlisle, has welcomed plans by Openreach to provide over 30,000 more homes in Carlisle with ultrafast full fibre broadband by 2026. Last week, Openreach announced plans to build ultrafast, ultra-reliable Full Fibre broadband to at least three million more homes and businesses in some of the UK’s most hard to serve communities including 33,639 in the Carlisle constituency. The move, which follows an extended investment commitment by the BT Group – means Openreach will now build Full Fibre technology to a total of 25 million premises by an earlier deadline of December 2026, of which at least…

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Carlisle MP John Stevenson “Carlisle and Cumbria very much open for business” this English Tourism Week. In celebration of EnglishTourismWeek21, John Stevenson MP for Carlisle was delighted to participate in a meeting at Carlisle Cathedral, which included tourism businesses from across Carlisle. John Stevenson said “Whilst it’s undoubtedly been a difficult 14 months for the sector, it was great to see such positivity and determination for the future. It is evident that working collaboratively is key to putting Carlisle firmly on the map. I will continue to listen to businesses about the challenges they face in reopening to visitors and…

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This Dementia Action Week, John Stevenson, MP for Carlisle and his staff in the Carlisle constituency office have undertaken dementia awareness training in order to become ‘Dementia Friends’. According to recent information from Alzheimer’s Research UK, every day almost 600 people in the UK develop dementia. People over 65 are much more likely to get dementia but it can affect younger people too and more women than men are currently being diagnosed. At the moment, there is no cure so once a person has dementia they will have it for the rest of their lives. Making it easier for those…

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Carlisle MP, John Stevenson has backed a campaign to have tactile surfaces installed on platforms at Carlisle Railway Station due to significant safety concerns. The charity Guide Dogs, began the campaign following a fatal accident in February 2020 where a visually impaired passenger fell from a platform edge at a station in South East England and was struck by an approaching train. A recent RAIB investigation found that the platform had not been fitted with tactile surface markings intended to help visually impaired people, and that this was a possible cause of the accident. John Stevenson said, “This is a…

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Local MP John Stevenson has welcomed today’s announcements in the Queen’s Speech which sets out the Government’s ambitious agenda to make the United Kingdom stronger and more prosperous than before. The speech included plans for investment in new green industries to create jobs whilst protecting the environment, more high quality vocational skills training to build a pathway for learners in to well paid jobs and investment to extend 5G mobile coverage and gigabit capable broadband. John Stevenson said ‘I welcome the ambition of plans laid out in the Queen’s Speech today, which reaffirms the Government’s commitment to levelling up across…

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