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    John Studholme standing for election in Copeland on the 12th of December

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    John Studholme is the Lib Dem Prospective Parliamentary Candidate for Copeland. A Cumbrian, John was born in Kendal and brought up in Wigton. He has lived in Kendal since 1973. A Chartered Surveyor by profession but now retired, he is married with two children and two grandchildren.

    He has been active in Liberal politics in Cumbria for 40 years. He was Chairman of South Lakeland District Council and Mayor of Kendal. Recently he was a candidate for the North West in the European Elections.

    In terms of national politics, his priorities are addressing climate change and retaining our membership of the EU. He supports government through Parliamentary democracy rather than a referendum.

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    John's Policies


    • A written constitution
    • A proportional representation system of voting
    • Free trade and the value of competition
    • State intervention to create a fairer society
    • Cooperation with other political parties where there is a common national interest


    • The peaceful use of nuclear power including the development of small modular reactors at Sellafield
    • The Woodhouse Colliery project to mine coking coal
    • Support for the local farming community

    What John will do for Copeland


    John at whitehaven

    Whitehaven is a magnificent town with an amazing history. Once the third port in England, the harbour, was revived as a magnificent marina and fishing port in the 1990s. The town's original prosperity was based on the export of coal and then on chemicals. Today the town's prosperity is based on Sellafield and the nuclear industry. Soon we hope there will be a further source of employment mining coal for coking coal at Woodhouse Colliery.

    Woodhouse Colliery

    john add woodhouse

    The proposal to mine coking coal at Woodhouse Colliery on the former Marchon Colliery south of Whitehaven is to be welcomed. The coal is a special grade used for making coke for the manufacture of steel. It will not be used to produce electricity. The coal will be taken by rail to Redcar for export or distribution to UK steelworks. John has visited the site and supports the project subject to assurances on safety.

    Farming Industry

    john at westlakes

    Much of the farming in the area is hill farming based on sheep. The industry has always been a marginal one with many farmers relying on additional work to make sufficient income. Brexit is not helping and it is difficult to see many farms surviving if we leave Europe without a deal or if restrictions are imposed on exports. There are alternative sources of income from the land including forestry, conservation and tourism in all its forms. More training and government support will be necessary. I am a land agent surveyor by training and carried out my Master's dissertation on management of the Ennerdale Valley. I would wish if elected to play my part in helping to find solutions.

    Health and Social

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    We are all aware that the Health Service is under massive stress. An ageing population, shortage of staff, lack of support for mental health patients and underinvestment are key factors. Fears of what follows Brexit have added to the concern. There are no easy answers but making up lost investment and staff shortages have to be addressed. The NHS will be one of John's priority areas concern. The joint management of health and social services is one of the solutions I believe.

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