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Saturday, 19 April 2014

Live coverage and Tweets from Cumbria Day

  • Prime Minister David Cameron attending event and says Cumbria is "beautiful and brilliant"
  • Chef Simon Rogan delighted with PM's praise 
  • Dozons of firms at House of Commons to promote Cumbria
  • Eric Pickles praises Cumbria 
  • John Stevenson: We need to show we are about more than just tourism
  • Tim Farron: Cumbria Day is busiest county event to be held at House of Commons

Prime Minster David Cameron has been singing the praises of Cubmria on the first ever Cumbria Day at the House of Commons today.

He visited the Cumbria Day stands including Derwent Pencils, Cartmel Sticky Toffee Pudding and Hardknott Brewery.

Mr Cameron spoke of his love for Cumbria and said it was important to encourage people to shop local.

He also revealed his children were fans of sticky toffee pudding and had time to sample some Hardknott beer.

Related article: Cameron: Horse meat scandal shows why we should support Cumbrian food producers

Highly-acclaimed Michelin star chef, Simon Rogan of L’Enclume, was delighted with the event and the PM's support. He tweeted: "Brilliant to see #Cumbriaday at the House of Commons. Big plaudits from the PM and we all deserve it! Cumbria is where it's at #buzzing."

 Representatives from the tourism, farming, food, drink and the nuclear sectors will be present along with a range of businesses keen to have their products sampled by MPs and - if they're lucky - party leaders such as Prime Minister David Cameron and Nick Clegg.

Earlier Mr Cameron described Cumbria as 'beautiful and brilliant' during Prime Minister's Questions and said he was looking forward to sampling Cumbrian food at the event.

The day started with the Cumbria flag being unfurled and flown over the Department for Communities and Local Government at Eland House.

Communities secretary Eric Pickles said: "The flag brings us together and reminds us that we are working for the people of Cumbria as well as the people of London."

He added: "Cumbria is without doubt one of the most beautfiful parts of the country, but more importantly it is a thriving community with contrasts from Barrow all the way across to Keswick."

Carlisle MP John Stevenson said Cumbria Day would show MPs that there was more to Cumbria than the Lakes.

"We are a manufacturing county as well as a tourism county so today we are getting the message across that Cumbria is a place to do business as well as a tourist destination," he said.

South Lakes MP Tim Farron said that Cumbria Day was the busiest county event to be held at Parliament.

The event is organised by the county's MPs, Cumbria Tourism and Taste Cumbria and around 80 county representatives are due to take part.

We'll have more reports during the day and below you will see Tweets from many of those taking part:

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