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Boundary plans create anomalies

17 Jun 2021
Eric is critical of the Boundary Commission's plans to change parliamentary boundaries.
He argues it's unnecessary and will create anomalies and will distract parliament from the business of governing the country.

Eric pays tribute to the Duke

10 Apr 2021
Eric has paid his own tribute to the Duke of Edinburgh. Prince Philip, the expert carriage driver.
He recalls the time when, during a visit to a factory in Wigton, he met Prince Philip face to face.

George Cross for the NHS

10 Feb 2021
Eric feels the NHS should be awarded the George Cross, the UK's highest award for civilian gallantry, equal in status to the Victoria Cross. George Cross
He has written to the Queen and the Prime Minister with his suggestion as a way of recognizing the courage of NHS workers in the face of the Covid pandemic, over 200 of whom have given their lives after getting Covid19.

Eric lambasts graffiti vandals

11 Mar 2021
Eric has complained that vandalism is going unchecked and cites the damage to the Eden Bridge underpass.
The underpass is daubed with graffiti with the vandals' own 'tags' as well as misinformation about coronavirus among other things.

Eric issues a life saving warning

20 Nov 2020
Eric took the opportunity on World Pancreatic Day yesterday to issue a warning.
Shortly after retiring as Carlisle's MP ten years ago, he visited his GP for a routne asthma appointment and a chance remark saved his life.

Hotel on Staples site would preserve Turkish Baths

5 Oct 2019
Eric has suggested a hotel be built on James Street next to the Turkish baths.
He has submitted his idea to a consultation which has opened for the station and surrounding area.

Call for abuse inquiry

19 Sep 2019
Eric has asked Cumbria's Chief Constable to look at how police handled allegations of abuse at Garlands mental health hospital in 1998.
This stems from information arising from a police investigation into alleged abuse at Muckamore Abbey in Northern Ireland, and Eric wants to be reassured that should new information arise concerning Garlands the police in Cumbria would investigate thoroughly.

Eric condemns flood defence 'bombshell'

25 Sep 2021

Eric and his wife Elsie, former deputy leader of Carlisle City Council, have lashed out at the Environment Agency's cancellation of plans to raise flood defences in Denton Holme, Willow Holme and Caldew.
In what Eric calls a 'low key' announcement, the Agency said the previous proposal to raise existing defences along the River Caldew … did not offer the long term benefits.
But in their letter to the Agency, Eric and Elsie why this low-key announcement when the ramifications for the people affected are immense called for a series of meetings with residents and businesses.

Flooding in Carlisle

NHS awarded the George Cross

7 Jul 2021
The Queen has awarded the NHS the George Cross.
This recognises the "courage, compassion and dedication" of the NHS staff over seven decades since its founding by the post war Labour government but especially of course during the Vovid19 pandemic.
Eric is especially gratified because back in February he wrote to the Queen and Prime Minister suggesting just this.
George Cross

HS2 will have to slow down

28 Jun 2021
Eric has commented on plans for HS2 in Cumbria
He emphasises that north of Wigan, HS2 will in fact be slower than current trains.
Tilting Pendolino train

Carlisle factory at risk by Scottish rescue plan

25 May 2021
Eric is worried that efforts by the Scottish government to save the McVitie's factory at Glasgow could cause problems in Carlisle.
The company's plan was to close the factory in Glasgow and move production to their UK sites, including Carlisle. But if incentives by Holyrood lead to the Glasgow factory remaining in production, there is concern the company might look elsewhere for savings.
McVitie factory, Church Street, Carlisle

Eric reacts to Hartlepool

12 May 2021
Eric has given his reaction to Labour's defeat in the Hartlepool by-election.
He said the result was not surprising and said the Tory success was due to the vaccine 'bounce' and Boris Johnson's image as a "bit of a lad".
Ballot Box

Gambling not the answer to empty shops

14 Dec 2020
Eric is opposing arcade plans for Carlisle city centre.
An international company has put forward plans to convert the former 'Yours' store in English Street into an adult gaming arcade.
Former Yours store in English Street

Delay Cumbria reform plans, says Eric

30 Oct 2020
Eric has said that plans to abolish the six district councils in Cumbria and make the county council a unitary authority should be delayed because of the pandemic.
He argues that the local councils should be focusing on the pandemic rather than entering a complete reorganisation.
Cumbria County Council logo

Flood defences not enough

10 Aug 2020
Eric has welcomed flood defences that protect parts of Carlisle, but says it's not enough.
He points out that even though Storm Desmond hit his area badly he says he and his neighbours still face another winter unprotected.
Floods in Carlisle

West Coast rail disruption

30 Nov 2019
Virgin train on the West coast
Eric has published figures showing that trains on the west coast main line had been halted over seventy times since April 2014.
Recently a stretch of overhead power cable a quarter of a mile long was brought down on the line delaying trains for hours.

Train contract will reduce competition

20 Sep 2019
Eric has expressed his concern about the changes soon to affect the West Coast Main Line.
He says that awarding the contract to First Group will remove competition. Virgin, who are losing the contract, have run the West Coast Line since 1997.

Tribute to Robin Burgess

26 Feb 2019
Eric paid tribute to Robin Burgess, the newspaperman who led the CN Group for three decades.
Mr Burgess died aged 68. The CN Group which he led publishes the local News & Star paper among others. He believed in a locally owned and locally published local press and was driven by a great sense of duty and loyalty to Carlisle and Cumbria.
Robin Burgess

Hospital bosses should "stop believing their own propaganda"

12 Oct 2018
Eric has entered the row about ward closures at Cumbrian hospitals.
Following the closure of the Aspen ward at the Cumberland Infirmary, Eric said the true motive was cutting because of the trust's £185 million deficit.
Cumberland Infirmary

Where have all the Cop Shops gone?

30 Aug 2017
A wave of closures of police stations in Cumbria has attracted Eric's criticism.
He argues that if there was a need for a police station in the first place, there would have to be good reasons for its removal, and he suspects that in these cases, this is not the case.
Police Officer in Hi-Vis jacket

Eric hits out at Hunters

15 May 2017
Eric is strongly critical of Tory moves to bring back fox hunting.
The Prime Minister has promised another vote on the issue, in an attempt to reverse the move by the Labour government a decade or more ago.
Fox hunting

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