We are the second largest and most rural county in England. The component parts have a long history and consequently a real sense of place.
Without the changes to the boundaries, by the time of the next election this data would be a quarter of a century out of date.
The sad truth is that many local Labour councils and local bureaucracies don’t want it: they’re scared of it.
The first in a five-part ConHome series this week on the future of the United Kingdom.
These institutions play a vital role – despite what commentators, and sometimes politicians, say.
We need to look seriously at how our tax system works and whether the burden is spread fairly across the whole country.
So how do we get more good, high-paying jobs into poorer areas? One specific opportunity relevant in a lot of Red Wall seats is advanced manufacturing.
Boris Johnson is already appealing to Blue Collar voters who are fed up with Labour’s betrayal of Brexit and the values of working people.
I am setting up a think tank to explore how we can sensibly use the countryside as part of the wider economy.
The Conservatives come to a deal in Moray – but miss out in Cornwall and Dumfries and Galloway.
The Party will also be sharing power in a number of Scottish local authorities.
Net gains for the Conservatives in England 319 seats, net Labour losses 142, net UKIP loses 137, net Lib Dem losses 28.
A winding road through the Cumbria countryside helps to show, with many others like it, that small improvements can help make big things happen.
It’s still winnable, but there are warning signs for the wider Party and its leadership.
The by-election is a huge opportunity for our party. We should select someone equipped to pick up crucial votes from Labour and UKIP.