Penrith & The Border Constituency Labour Party is currently made up of 5 smaller local branches. Each branch meets in its area around once a month. The branches get together for a constituency meeting, also once a month. If you want to know more about the branch nearest to where you live, click on one of the banners below.
Penrith and The Border is, geographically, the largest constituency in England as well as the most sparsely populated. Agriculture is one of the biggest industries in the constituency and thousands of people are also employed in tourism. Unemployment is low but so are wages. We have one of the highest proportions of small businesses in the country.
At the last General Election in 2017 Labour’s vote increased by an impressive 11.8% achieving, the highest ever number of votes since the constituency was created.
Something you knew, something maybe you didn’t know!
- Tory Rory Stewart is currently the MP for the area. Whatever he achieves as an MP, the people of the area will mostly remember him for joking about his local electors. Mr Stewart, an Old Etonian made this comment in a newspaper interview. “Some areas around here are pretty primitive, people holding up their trousers with bits of twine and that sort of thing.”
- Penrith and the Border has been continuously represented by Scots MPs for the last sixty years.
- Previous residents of Penrith and the area include Richard III, William Wordsworth’s mother, Mary, the wife of Labour Prime Minister Harold Wilson, the Victorian writer Frances Trollope, (Anthony Trollope’s mother), Percy Toplis ‘The monocled mutineer’ (who was shot and killed by police at Plumpton) and the Scottish road-builder and engineer John Loudon Macadam the inventor of “Macadamized” roads.
- Since 1989, Penrith has had a twinning arrangement with the Australian city named after it in New South Wales.