Putting Cumbria First
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Putting Cumbria First, also known as CumbriaFirst, is a minor political party based in Penrith, Cumbria. It was founded in January 2019 by local businessman Jonathan Davies, with a vision of putting Cumbria's interests first. It has one local councillor on Allerdale Borough Council
The party's policies include:
- Increasing funding for schools
- Universal access to 4G networks
- Fully dualling the A66 and A69 roads
- Scrapping the Police and Crime Commissioner for Cumbria
- Increasing front-line police
- Support for a second Scottish Independence Referendum
- Opposition to local government cuts
The Party Leader, Jonathan Davies, stood as an independent candidate for Penrith and the Border in the 2017 General Election. The party stood three candidates for election to both Eden District Council and Carlisle City Council at the May 2019 local elections, none were successful. The party's first local councillor, Michael Little, was elected to Allerdale District Council at the same election. Davies stood again as a candidate in the 2019 General Election, ultimately gaining 2.2% of the vote in Penrith and the Border. The party's only election victor, Michael Little, defected to the Conservative Party within months of being elected, putting the party back to having no elected representatives. Little later rejoined Putting Cumbria First before resigning his council seat, though he later retracted his resignation. It is unclear whether or not he retains his position, as council policy states that resignation notices cannot be withdrawn.
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