Conservative Candidates for Cumbria County Council Elections May 4th 2017

WALTER WALKER – Alston and East Fellside Division

Walter is a retired senior police officer who lives in Alston Moor and has a keen interest in protecting local services.  He is experienced in tackling controversial issues and negotiating at a high level and if elected will campaign for restoring post-16 student transport and tackling rural crime as well as other local concerns. Working with Alston GPs and community representatives to protect services at Alston Cottage Hospital would be a priority. Contact him on 07716 758292 or email

Walter Walker


JOHN OWEN – Appleby Division

Retired senior police officer and Cumbria’s first President of the Rugby Football Union, John Owen lived in Appleby for five years and knows the  area well.  A senior administrator in the sporting world for many years, he will bring a down to earth approach to dealing with local issues.  Improving flood resilience measures and care services for the elderly will be among his priorities if elected, as will retaining free on-street parking in Appleby and securing benefits from dualling the A66.  Contact John on 01931 716247 or email

John Owen


LAURA KAY – Eden Lakes Division

Laura was born in Penrith, lives locally and is a Constituency Caseworker for Rory Stewart MP.  She has a good grasp of local issues and takes a practical approach to resolving problems.  Laura’s aim in seeking election is to ensure more representation for working age people at local level and to challenge the Council to work  more effectively to support rural communities and empower small  local businesses to succeed.  Contact Laura on 07766 318344 or email

Laura Kay


TOM WENTWORTH WAITES – Greystoke and Hesket Division

Tom has represented Greystoke and Hesket on the County Council for the last two years, during which he has worked hard to deal with issues raised by parish councils and individual residents.  If re-elected he will continue to prioritise small business development and farm diversification, promotion of rural crime prevention and improvement of high speed broadband and mobile phone reception.  Contact Tom on 0782 5592661 or email

Tom Wentworth Waites


PHIL DEW – Kirkby Stephen Division

Phil has lived in Upper Eden since 1995, first at Tebay then Kirkby Stephen, for 20 years as a Methodist minister.  Now able to devote even more time to local causes, if elected he will work on improving services for the elderly and those with mental health problems, seeking better funding for youth projects and minimising the disruption caused by Appleby Horse Fair as well as other local issues.  Contact Phil on 017683 72898 or email

Phil Dew


HILARY CARRICK – Penrith North Division

Hilary has been County Councillor for the area for eight years, during which she has worked closely with Eden District Council and has regularly attended Penrith Town Council meetings, also liaising with County Council officers and local groups to address residents’ concerns.  If re-elected she will continue to work hard for the area, being particularly keen that free on-street parking should be retained in Penrith.  Contact Hilary on 07768 697631 or email

Hilary Carrick


JOHN FORRESTER – Penrith East Division

John is a retired police officer who has lived and worked in Penrith for over 30 years and is a keen motor cyclist and fell walker; he also has a proven record in charity work.  If elected he will promote effective parking schemes for local residents and also do his best to ensure that the necessary schools, health facilities, open spaces and play areas are provided for the many new houses being  built in Penrith East.  Contact John on 07768037299,or email

John Forrester



DAVID WHIPP – Penrith Rural Division

David has lived in Penrith for the last 15 years and has considerable experience in local council matters, having spent the last two years as Chairman of Penrith Town Council and Town Mayor.  He says ‘Rural areas are under threat from cuts in services as never before and we must protect the fabric of our communities that these cuts damage.’  Contact David on 07920 098190, email

David Whipp


JOHN MALLINSON (Houghton and Irthington Division)

John is an experienced councillor and has represented this area for many years.  Originally from an agricultural background, he has worked both in retail and for a charity giving one-to-one support to people with learning difficulties.  As a councillor, one of his main interests is Adult Social Care and he is currently chairman of a charity which runs two residential care homes.  One of his long-term concerns is highways and he hopes that sooner rather than later there can be significantly improved links into the Carlisle area, particularly the A69 and A689 which both run through the Houghton and Irthington Division.

John Mallinson