Author: John Stevenson

John Stevenson MP has today encouraged early-career scientists, innovators, entrepreneurs and professionals in Carlisle to apply to join the newly established UK-wide Young Academy. The UK Young Academy, launched on 14th June, will be a network of early career researchers and professionals, which aims to connect emerging leaders and include their voices in local and global policy discussions. The UK Young Academy will bring together early-career researchers, innovators, clinicians, professionals, academics and entrepreneurs to tap into their collective potential and expertise to tackle important issues in society. They will join the global initiative of Young Academies, with the UK Young…

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Last week over 300 delegates attended the inaugural Northern Research Group (NRG) conference in Doncaster, including over 30 Conservative MPs many of whom were elected to represent constituencies in the north of England, Wales and the Scottish Borders in the 2019 General Election, and local business leaders, councillors, policy experts and representatives from the third sector. The theme for the conference was Levelling Up the North and discussion was focussed around the opportunities that the levelling up agenda presents for communities, across many different themes, for example, education and skills, economic growth and jobs, health, transport, green energy and housing.…

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John Stevenson: I welcome this statement; leadership is vital and it is something we do not talk enough about in this country, whether in the private or public sector. My right hon. Friend referred to recommendation 6 on non-executive directors. Does he agree that we need to attract a more diverse set of non-executive directors, with regard to their skillset as much as anything else? Sajid Javid: Yes, I do.

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John Stevenson: The Bill is clearly a significant piece of legislation and the centrepiece of the Government’s policy for the next couple of years. I fully support it and, in many respects, actively encourage the Government to be even more ambitious. In my view, levelling up is two things: first, it is about simply improving people’s lives; and secondly, it is about closing the gap between the more and less prosperous areas of our country in an upwards direction. I accept that it is easy to talk about but far more challenging to achieve. There are five key ingredients: education…

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This week has seen the second reading of the Government’s Levelling Up and Regeneration Bill. The Bill introduces extensive measures such as Statutory requirements regarding the levelling-up ‘missions’, for example eradicating child illiteracy and closing gaps in life expectancy and living standards; new ‘combined county authorities’ (CCAs) to act as recipients of powers and funding under devolution deals within England – the biggest shift of power from Whitehall in modern times; changes to compulsory purchase to support regeneration, for example, local communities to get extra powers to tackle boarded up shops and empty homes; and requirements for local authorities to…

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John Stevenson MP has backed a campaign to ensure more local access to GP surgeries and other healthcare services across Carlisle. The local MP attended an event in the House of Commons to support Healthier Communities – a campaign to ensure GP’s surgeries, pharmacies and other local healthcare services are located within town, city or shopping centres. This has the benefit of making healthcare services easily accessible for local people, and in revitalising local communities. The Levelling Up and Regeneration Bill – recently announced in the Queen’s Speech – places improving high streets and town centers at the forefront of…

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The PM has won the vote of confidence. I accept the result. I am also sure that the PM recognises that a very significant number of Conservative MPs including myself have expressed our concerns. I believe that he has to change the way his government functions and reach out to the party. He has a window of opportunity to do this and I very much hope he takes this opportunity.

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I have been deeply disappointed in the revelations concerning the activities at No 10 as well as the approach taken by the Prime Minister in his responses in Parliament. Recently I have called for the Prime Minister to put himself forward for a vote of confidence by Conservative MPs. This I believe is the only way we are to draw a line under all the recent issues surrounding the activities in No 10 and the leadership of the Prime Minister. Fellow MPs could then decide if the Prime Minister is the right person to continue to lead our country and…

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John Stevenson, MP for Carlisle has visited Prism Arts in Carlisle, an organisation that specialises in creating opportunities through art for people living with a disability, autism or additional needs. For more than 35 years, the charity, that’s strapline is ‘Art Without Barriers’ has created opportunities for participants to make excellent art, develop skills, and showcase their talents, whilst at the same time, boosting their confidence and wellbeing and tackling loneliness and isolation. In Cumbria there are more than 100,000 people living with a disability and Prism Arts currently help over 4,500 people each year through a programme of events,…

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John Stevenson MP for Carlisle has welcomed today’s announcement of a grant of £48,770 to Carlisle Youth Zone from the Government’s Youth Investment Fund. The fund has been designed to create, improve and expand local youth services across the country, to support young people’s health, wellbeing and skills for work and life, no matter where they live. £12 million funding has been fast-tracked to local youth services where supply is currently far short of meeting demand. Carlisle Youth Zone provide a safe meeting place for young people experiencing social and wellbeing issues and for those at risk of becoming involved…

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