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Thursday, 24 July 2014

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John Stevenson, Carlisle MP

Halston is sign of confidence returning to Carlisle's economy

The opening of the Halston, a new aparthotel with a wine and coffee bar as well as function room, on Warwick Road is quite a symbolic moment for Carlisle.

To me it is a sign of returning confidence to the Carlisle economy – but it is also a demonstration that our city is changing, and changing in a positive way. The hotel has... [more] (5 comments)

By John Stevenson MP
Published: July 7, 2014

Giving power to people in Carlisle to decide their own future

As the dust settles on the European and Local Elections, analysts have been commenting on who they think were the winners and losers.

It seems to me that there was clearly one undisputed winner – the ‘None of the Above’ party.

Although I will always defend someone’s right not to vote, it is still... [more] (5 comments)

By John Stevenson MP
Published: June 9, 2014

Local and European elections should be kept separate

On May 22, people in Carlisle will have the opportunity to vote in both the local and the European elections.

Personally, I find it a little disappointing that the local elections have been moved from the traditional date of the first Thursday in May just to accommodate the European Elections and boost turnout.

This moving of the... [more]

By John Stevenson MP
Published: May 2, 2014

Optimistic about the future for both Carlisle and Britain

On March 19, George Osborne will deliver his fourth budget. Very often such events do not bring about a huge amount of change to our day to day lives. This is especially true at present given the financial constraints this country is still facing.

Nevertheless, it does give the Chancellor an opportunity to review the macroeconomic... [more] (11 comments)

By John Stevenson MP
Published: March 5, 2014

Hoping skills fair has real impact on Carlisle

At the end of January I hosted the Carlisle Skills Fair at the Sands Centre.

The event was a huge success, with large numbers of enthusiastic local employers, jobseekers, and students turning up.

I was incredibly heartened to see such positive attitudes from both sides of the employment world. Local businesses and skills agencies,... [more] (1 comment)

By John Stevenson MP
Published: February 10, 2014
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Would you have welcomed a new Sunday rail service from Carlisle to west Cumbria?

I'd use local rail services more often but they're unreliable and expensive

I would have used the Sunday service

Our rail services are way behind most other countries. No wonder we rely so heavily on cars

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