At the election on May 6th one thing is certain- either Tim Farron (Lib-Dem) or Gareth McCeever (Tory) will be elected to represent Westmorland and Lonsdale. At a Chamber of Commerce lunch today at the Riverside hotel, in the presence of three TV crews and lots of local business people they both gave impressive performances and I’ve no doubt that, whoever wins, the constituency will be well represented.
I submitted a question about the Digital Economy Act, which was passed on the very last day of the Labour government and which will have potentially appalling consequences for the hospitality trade as under the new Act a hotel might lose it’s broadband connection if a guest illegally downloads music.
I was delighted to hear both candidates give a firm pledge to work to repeal the act. In Gareth McCeever’s case he said he would even defy the party whip if necessary. Of course we all know that candidates will say anything to get elected, but I trust these guys and what’s more we’ve got their pledges on film.
I’ve written an article about the utterly appalling provisions of the Digital Economy Act for the Podium column of the Westmorland Gazette, which was due to be published this week, but has been held over until after the election.