Plan for Jobs

Today the next phase of the nation's recovery from the Covid-19 pandemic began.  The Chancellor outlined several schemes to retain jobs following the furlough scheme, and to create new ones.  For the hospitality and tourism sector there were VAT reductions to assist their cash flow and the launch

Allerdale is open for business

This Saturday I had the opportunity to speak to 11 local businesses that were reopening or planning to reopen following the easing of the Covid-19 restrictions for tourism, hospitality and leisure businesses.  It was great to meet each of them, and talk about the issues they have faced, and the o

Maiden Speech

Today I gave my maiden speech. A chance to promote the Workington constituency, from the foothills of Skiddaw to the Solway Coast and the ambitions we share.  It was an opportunity to promote our proud history and potential that we have.  

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Yesterday Boris announced the start of the economic fightback against the impact of Covid-19.  With a series of bold announcements across the nation for, hospital buildings, new and revitalised school buildings, and launching a High Street fightback.  

Cockermouth Open For Business

This week saw Cockermouth start to reopen for business following Covid-19.  To accompany this Cockertmouth Town has joined up with 6 independent local traders and Cartmell Shepherd to promote the town through a series of TV ads.  These highlight the best of Cockermouth to the wider area.  In addi

Churches To Reopen for Prayer

On Friday it was announced that from the 15th of June, Churches will be able to reopen for individuals to undertake acts of prayer.  For many faiths the closure of places of worship has been a difficult time. I'm glad that they will now be able to start the reopening process.  

Food Standards Upheld

With the UK leaving the EU at the end of the year, there has been much discussion over the future of food standards.   Locally this is an important issue for the many farmers and food producers in the area.  I'm glad to see that the commitment to ongoing high food standards has been underlined.

NHS Test and Trace Launched

Today sees the start of the NHS Test and Trace system which will launch the next stage of tackling the Coronavirus.  It will allow for those who have received a positive Coronavirus test the ability to provide the names of people they have been in contact with prior to their symptoms showing.

Backing local pubs

Pubs are at the heart of our community, and many Publicans are planning for the future once restrictions are lifted.  One such example is The Inn at the Bush in Kirkbride, who have submitted plans for a play area in a little used area of car parking.