These are the known prospective parliamentary candidates for Workington.

The Times & Star asked each candidate what their main priorities for the area are, what their position on Brexit is and what policy they would push for in the first 12 months of being elected.

Here is what they had to say:


Sue Hayman, 57

Main priorities: If re-elected, I will continue my fight to rebuild our fractured public services by investing in our NHS, building a National Education Service, fixing our social care system and restoring police numbers.

Fighting for investment to upgrade our crumbling infrastructure and to deliver investment and high-skilled, high-paid jobs in low-carbon energy and industry through a Green Industrial Revolution and backing new nuclear in West Cumbria.

Brexit: I’ve always been clear that I respect the result of the 2016 referendum – that’s why I voted to trigger Article 50. A Labour government would negotiate a better deal and hold a People’s Vote.

Policy commitment: I’ve always fought hard for my constituents on a wide range of issues and will continue to do so. The area that really stands out where people need more investment is in mental health and social care services.


Mark Jenkinson, 37

Main priorities: I will ensure that we invest in our children’s education, with more money for EVERY school.

I will support our NHS – while others talk but don’t deliver, ONLY the Conservatives have consistently delivered for the NHS in West and North Cumbria in its lifetime.

I will fight for improved infrastructure – we’re held back by poor road, rail and digital links.

Brexit: No ifs, no buts – we MUST implement the decision of the nearly two thirds of Workington voters that voted to Leave. If parliament hasn’t passed Boris’ deal by January 31, I will wholeheartedly support a ‘No Deal’ Brexit.

Policy commitment: The first priority has to be to deliver Brexit. We have wasted over three years debating Brexit while Labour (including our current MP) and other Remain MPs try to block it at every turn. People want us to get Brexit done.

Lib Dem

Neil Hughes, 62

Main priorities: Revitalising the local economy by creating sustainable jobs, like shifting steel-making for renewables.

Tackling mental health and social isolation problems by re-establishing youth provision, allocating dedicated mental health support to schools.

Improve transport links. I’d like to see the Workington-Cockermouth-Penrith railway fully re-opened and Workington harbour developed accordingly.

Brexit: We would keep the UK within the EU. Failing to achieve a majority the party will continue to campaign for a People’s vote. In any scenario the EU requires massive overhaul e.g. a better deal for farmers. The environment, jobs and rights need EU-level protection.

Policy commitment: 300,000 new homes a year (of which a third for social rent) are necessary. Our welfare benefits system needs to be completely re-written.


Nicky Cockburn, declined to give her age

Main priorities: NHS, especially more GPs trained to reduce waiting times and certainly resist further privatisation. It’s unethical to consistently go abroad for medical personnel, we need to train our own and value them.

Better infrastructure to attract business and investment. We already have innovative firms, however the links to the area disadvantages both existing and potential businesses.

Investment in flood reduction measures. We had many meetings after the 2015 floods but little else was achieved. Farmers should be helped with upland storage, tree planting and slowing the flow solutions and for example the forestry commission required to implement flood reduction measures.

Brexit: Get Brexit Done! I will represent the constituency and what the majority voted for, Leave. MPs have been busy scuppering deals and conniving to find ways to remain in the EU. Brexit is what I and the majority of the electorate voted for.

Policy commitment: not provided

Green Party

Gill Perry, 63

Main priorities: We need protection from flooding and we need jobs for skilled workers in practical trades. These can all be achieved with work to make our area climate-neutral. We could be making changes to our existing housing stock, which would create jobs and make running them much cheaper for people. We could be planting trees, restoring peat bogs, meadows and hedgerows and building renewable energy plants. We could revitalise our education system so it did not focus just on exam results.

Brexit: I believe we should have a People’s Vote and I would campaign to remain in the EU. The constituency has benefited from opportunities to travel and work abroad, workers’ rights and environmental legislation and money which has flowed from Europe.

Policy commitment: I would fight for the introduction of legislation to address climate change. We need help to fund the changes to our existing housing stock, and we need to make public transport comfortable, cheap and regular.


Roy Ivinson, 54

Main priorities: I want to stop rising sea levels by making a zero carbon economy in West Cumbria, that is my absolute main focus.

West Cumbria has an economic opportunity to be a major player in zero carbon economy.

I want to encourage land based wind turbines.

I want people to have a financial benefit from living near wind turbines.

Two percent of the electricity it produces should belong to Allerdale council.

Brexit: I would like to see us get an agreement.

We have got to get an agreement that allows us to move towards an independent coastal state.

My position is not massively different to Nigel Farage.

I would like to see a free trading agreement, we need a managed Brexit.

Policy commitment: My main focus is stopping global warming, sea levels are rising in our constituency and almost everyone is inside the coast.

Brexit Party

David Walker, 59, has been announced as the candidate for the Brexit Party in Workington, in a last-minute switch with previous hopeful Philip Walling.

Mr Walker, a former dentist and NHS professional, spoke publicly about his wishes for the constituency for the first time when party leader Nigel Farage visited Workington on Wednesday.

He said: “One of the major employers in the area is Sellafield and I fully back jobs and investment in the area.”

Last week the county council backed plans for Woodhouse Colliery in Whitehaven to be built, despite Tim Farron, Westmorland and Lonsdale MP, calling in the application.

Mr Walker said the coking coal was to produce steel, necessary to build wind turbines and he was behind the project which supports the green industry.

He said: “If you don’t dig it up yourself, and create jobs locally, you’d have to import it.”

He added he was in favour of plans for a stadium to be built in Workington. “I will back all investment to the area and all jobs for the area.”

Mr Walker said he would fight to keep health services in the area.

He said: “I’ll do my level best. If people put their faith in me they will see results.”