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PM welcomes return of passenger flights to Carlisle airport

The Prime Minister Theresa May has welcomed the return of commercial flights to Carlisle Lake District Airport in the House of Commons.

Mrs May made the remark in response to Conservative Carlisle MP John Stevenson, who asked for government support for Carlisle and the Borderlands.

Mr Stevenson informed her that from 4 June she will be able to fly to Carlisle for the first time in 30 years.


Carlisle MP to hold public meeting on broadband issues

Carlisle MP, John Stevenson, is set to hold a public meeting for local residents to discuss their issues with broadband.

Representatives from telecommunications company, Openreach, will also be in attendance to answer questions.

I am very pleased to be able to give my constituents the opportunity to meet with representatives from Openreach to speak to them directly regarding the issues they have been experiencing.

These issues have been ongoing for months and in this day and age the internet has become a vital part of everyday life for many people.

It is encouraging that Openreach have agreed to address their concerns directly as part of their work to resolve this situation.”

– John Stevenson MP

The meeting will be held at the Richard Rose Morton Academy on Friday 28 July at 6.30pm. People who wish to attend are advised to send an email to

Carlisle MP hopes for pro-nuclear replacement for Reed

The Conservative MP for Carlisle, John Stevenson, says he hopes that Jamie Reed's replacement will be somebody who is pro-nuclear.

Mr Stevenson said he was sorry to hear of Jamie's resignation after working together on many cross-party campaigns.

He said that it's important for the new Copeland MP to understand the importance of Sellafield and NuGen.

Carlisle MP welcomes police funding review

Carlisle MP John Stevenson is welcoming a government review into the way budgets will be allocated to police forces in the future.

Mr Stevenson criticised the previous review, saying that Cumbria was put in the same bracket as metropolitan cities like Manchester and London.

He says the county now has another chance to emphasise the unique challenges the region faces.

Council looking into A595 improvements

A595. Credit: ITV Border

Cumbria County Council say they are carrying out a feasibility study, into how the A595 road can be improved.

Two women died after an accident on the road on Tuesday 23 February.

Carlisle's Conservative MP John Stevenson has called on the council to make a serious case to central government, to improve the road.

We did make improvements, we've improved the A66 through Highways England.

These are major schemes and it is only the government who can fund these schemes.

Kendal is wanting another bypass - these have to be funded by government - Cumbria County Council does not have that kind of funding."

– Cllr Keith Little


Carlisle MP pushes plans to improve A69

Carlisle MP John Stevenson has met the Transport Minister Andrew Jones today to discuss progress on plans for improving the A69.

A £500,000 feasibility study is being carried out to look at turning the entire route between Carlisle and Newcastle into dual carriageway.

Mr Stevenson says revamping the road would help boost Cumbria's economy:

Well, ultimately we're aiming for the 2020 road programme, that's what we want to get into so that it gets built in the early 2020s.

There's a lot of work that has to be done before that, we've got to be involved in that, we've got to make sure our voice is heard, that people do take part in the consultations and the stakeholder meetings to get across the importance of the A69 and the economic value and connectivity value that there is for Cumbria and the North East."

– John Stevenson MP

John Stevenson 'very concerned' by 'inadequate' rating

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John Stevenson has said he is"very concerned for the children that are looked after" by Cumbria County Council.

The MP for Carlisle was commenting in response to today's news that child services in the region have been rated as inadequate for the third time in four years by Ofsted, who monitor the Children Services Department.

He says he has requested a meeting with the head of Children’s Services, John McIlwraith, and Chief Executive of Cumbria County Council, Diane Wood, to discuss this issue with them.

These are the lives of children who for whatever reason have not been given the best start.

"As a Country we have to ensure that these children are given the best care possible.

"Unfortunately Cumbria County Council appear to be unable to look after these children to an acceptable standard. "Questions need to be asked, these failings must be dealt with and significant improvements have to be made.’

– John Stevenson, MP
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