MPs unite to host Cumbria Day in Westminster

By Rachel Flynn

CUMBRIAN sausage, ales and jams were the focus of a Parliamentary event which brought together the areas six MPs this week.

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Held in the Houses of Parliament on Wednesday,January 24, Cumbria Day celebrates and showcases the very best of Cumbria’s food and drink.

15 businesses from across Cumbria attended the Taste of Cumbria event which is now in its third year.

Mrs Harrison’s chosen business was the Byre Café in Bootle, owned by Jenna Hartley and Gemma Fox.

Mrs Harrison, said: “As I said in Prime Minister’s questions this week, Cumbria is renowned and internationally celebrated for its lakes and mountains as well as its food and drink industry, which in Cumbria employs more than 16,000 people across the sector.

“I would like to say a huge thank you to our fabulous food and drinks businesses and sponsors, and to so many people who came to enjoy a Taste of Cumbria in Parliament – the event highlighted just a small amount of our county’s superb food and drink businesses and allowed each of the area’s MPs to get together to celebrate in unity our beautiful county.”

Recent ONS figures reveal that the farming and food manufacturing industries in Cumbria contribute five per cent of the county’s economic output, compared with two per cent in the rest of the UK, while farm related businesses represent a higher proportion of all businesses in Copeland and Cumbria than in Great Britain – accounting for 20 per cent of all businesses.

This year’s event was sponsored by Sellafield Ltd and Taste Cumbria.

Though the Prime Minister, Theresa May, was unable to attend after being asked during PMQ, House of Commons speaker, John Bercow and MPs Seema Kennedy, Guy Opperman and Sir Graham Brady were amongst the hundreds of people who turned out to support the event.