Author: John Stevenson

Cumbria could benefit from a share of £150 million of new funding made available through the Conservative Government’s Safer Streets Fund.This additional funding from the fourth round of the Safer Streets Fund will go towards measures proven to tackle neighbourhood crime, violence against women and girls, and – for the first time – anti-social behaviour.This will help to prevent potential perpetrators committing crimes in the first place, improving the safety of our streets and helping our communities to flourish as we build back safer. John Stevenson, MP for Carlisle is encouraging Cumbria to bid for a share of the £150…

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John Stevenson: What recent assessment he has made of the impact of growth deals on the Scottish economy. Iain Stewart: All parts of Scotland have a growth deal in implementation or negotiation, with the UK Government committing more than £1.5 billion. These agreements are stimulating local economies to build back better after the pandemic, delivering thousands of jobs across Scotland and enriching communities. John Stevenson: The Borderlands growth deal has been very well received on both sides of the border. It demonstrates the benefits of a close working relationship between councils, MPs and Government. Given that success, would the Minister…

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Carlisle MP, John Stevenson has welcomed new plans to protect people from anonymous online trolls. In the past year alone, people in the public eye, including England’s Euro 2020 footballers, have suffered horrendous racist abuse. Female politicians have also received abhorrent death and rape threats, and there is repeated evidence of ethnic minorities and LGBTQ+ people being subject to coordinated harassment and trolling. The first duty will force the largest and most popular social media sites to give adults the ability to block people who have not verified their identity and a second responsibility will require platforms to provide users…

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John Stevenson: The world has changed. Energy security is vital, but so too is food security. Our food and drink manufacturers and those in the food supply chain proved their worth during the pandemic. Given the importance to our country of this sector and the need to ensure its competitiveness, its resilience and a high degree of self-sufficiency, will the Prime Minister now take the opportunity to review many of the proposed regulatory burdens such as on HFSS—high in fat, salt and sugar—products and the promotional and marketing restrictions that could adversely affect this important sector at this critical time?…

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The primary role of an MP is to vote on legislation in the House of Commons. But another, just as important (if less formal) role, is that of community campaigner. Campaigning for changes to your local area can often be a slog. Not the photo opportunities or press releases of a campaign, but the behind the scenes lobbying and constant efforts to keep whatever it is you are trying to achieve in the minds of the decision makers. Once such campaign for me has been local road infrastructure improvements – in particular, the A69 and A595. The A595 will undoubtedly…

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Over the February half-term, John Stevenson MP was one of 38 employers across Cumbria to host a Dream Placement student. In total 64 ambitious young people took part in the Dream Placement week with their host companies. Dream Placement is Cumbria’s unique leadership and work experience programme organised by the Centre for Leadership Performance in collaboration with businesses, schools and colleges across the county. The programme is designed to showcase the breadth of career opportunities within Cumbria to 16-18 year olds, whilst also providing them with an insight into leadership capability and the opportunities to develop their own skills and…

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John Stevenson MP for Carlisle was last week nominated to join the First Delegated Legislation Committee alongside fellow Cumbrian MP Mark Jenkinson which this week heard the Cumbria (Structural Changes) Order 2022. The structural order determines the next stage in the creation of a single tier of local government for Cumbria and was passed unanimously at the meeting yesterday. Speaking John said, ‘I am delighted to have been asked to join the committee. I am very clear that local Government reform for Cumbria is the a positive step forward. The current system clearly does not work for our county, and…

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John Stevenson MP for Carlisle has waded into discussions between Carlisle City Council and the Scottish Section of the Showmen’s Guild of Great Britain regarding this year’s Carlisle Easter Fair. The Showman’s Guild have raised concerns that this year’s event may not go ahead due to Carlisle City Council’s decision to increase the rent for the event. In a letter to Jason Gooding, Chief Executive at Carlisle City Council, John said, ‘The Easter Fair is a well-loved event in Carlisle and there has been a great deal of disappointment that the event has not taken place since 2019 due to…

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Plans are now complete for a day of commemoration and reflection to be hosted in Carlisle on Saturday 14th May, as 2022 sees the 40th anniversary of the end of the Falklands conflict. The event will start with a military parade at 1pm marching from Carlisle Cathedral to the war memorial where there will be a short service and the laying of wreaths. The parade will be led by Pipe Major Steven Duffy, veteran of the Scots Guards who saw active service in the Falklands conflict, and residents from across Carlisle and Cumbria are encouraged to line the route. A…

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Last week Michael Gove presented the Government’s White Paper on Levelling Up. Levelling UP was a manifesto commitment and I think it is the most important policy initiative and announcement of this Parliament. At the moment, the proposals are being presented as a ‘white paper’, which means they are subject to change. This gives interested parties the opportunity to put forward ideas and influence what has already been proposed. For me levelling up is about two principal things. It is about improving peoples’ lives where they already live, and it also about closing the gap between the more prosperous parts…

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