Comet, Jessops, Blockbuster, Toys 'R' Us and Famous Names have all closed in 2013. Forty shops in Carlisle city centre are currently vacant.
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It was created by Annirose Ansbro, and marks the build up to Scotland's premier arts festival in May.
It's been produced by Carlisle MENCAP, and is being funded by the cabinet office.
Paul Brand meets more candidates in our last political programme from Westminster before the General Election. Watch it here: