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MPs and local businesses celebrate Cumbria Day in Parliament

Appleby Creamery with Rory Stewart MP, Liz Truss MP, Trudy Harrison MP and John Bercow

Cumbrian MPs, co-hosted the fourth annual ‘Cumbria Day’ in the Palace of Westminster this afternoon.

Showcasing the very best of Cumbrian produce and ingenuity in the heart of London, exhibitors from across the county were invited to showcase their work and produce, while networking and meeting their Members of Parliament, each of whom had invited two businesses to the event. This year Rory selected the Appleby Creamery and Original Marquees to represent the businesses of Penrith and The Border.

Turnout was extremely high, with MPs, Lords, civil servants and Parliamentary staffers all attending, to sample Cumbrian produce and to learn more about the county’s economy. Rory and the other Cumbrian MPs all attended, as did senior members of the Government, including the Chief Secretary to the Treasury, Liz Truss MP, and Speaker John Bercow.

Rory Stewart MP with Alex Darroch of Cumbrian Adventures

Commenting on the event, Rory said: “Today has been a massive success and I would like to pay a huge tribute to all of those who came.

“This is the fourth time that Parliament has played host to Cumbria Day, which is an important reminder of the very best of our county. Appleby Creamery and Original Marquees, between them, represent Penrith and The Border’s strengths: a vibrant agricultural economy and a genius for tourism. A huge thank you to them for coming and to all the attendees”

Tim Farron MP with Speaker John Bercow

During Prime Minister’s Questions this afternoon, Tim encouraged MPs from across the House to attend the event and to sample the best food and drink that the county has to offer.

Tim Farron MP with Kirkby Lonsdale Brewery

Tim said: “This year’s Cumbria Day was another resounding success.

“As ever it was a brilliant opportunity to shine the spotlight on the most beautiful county on the planet.

“There was a real buzz at the event, and I hope it will help to provide a boost to the county’s businesses and tourist trade.

“My thanks go to all the businesses which came to the event, in particular Hawkshead Relish, Kirkby Lonsdale Brewery and Pennington’s Tea and Coffee.

“These businesses show the great range of products that South Lakeland has to offer. It is always an honour to represent our area, but events like this make me particularly proud.”

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