With the general election less than four weeks away, Friends of the Lake District have organised a hustings event for the constituency of Westmorland and Lonsdale based around the theme of landscape and the environment. If you live in this constituency, this is your chance to hear from the election candidates standing in this area, which covers towns such as Kendal, Grange-over-Sands, Appleby-in-Westmorland and Kirkby Stephen, along with the towns and villages of South Lakeland such as Ambleside, Coniston and Windermere. 

Ambleside is at the heart of issues arising from sewage discharge into Windermere, which has impacts on local people, visitors, businesses and the wildlife of the lake. With this in mind, Matt Staniek, Director of Save Windermere, will ask the first question of the night at the event. Other questions will come from members of the public, pre-selected before the event.

Candidates from parties with sitting MPs have been invited to the hustings. So far candidates from the Liberal Democrats (Tim Farron), Green Party (Phil Clayton) and Labour Party (Pippa Smith) have confirmed attendance. The hustings will be chaired by the BBC's Caz Graham, best known for presenting on Radio 4's Farming Today programme. 

The hustings will start at 8pm. We anticipate the event will last until between 9.30pm and 10pm.

Please note this event is only open to those living within the Westmorland and Lonsdale constituency, but the hustings will be recorded and made available online after the event. We are hoping for a lively discussion around the political issues which arise from living in, working in or visiting a National Park. We hope you can join us. 

To apply for a free ticket to the hustings, please complete the form below. You must pre-book to attend this event.

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