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  1. Updates for Monday 18 July 2016.

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As it happened: BBC Cumbria Live

Martin Lewes


Live updates have now finished for today on BBC Cumbria Live. We'll be back with the latest news, weather and travel updates from 08:00 tomorrow.

As always - we like to hear your stories and see your pictures.  Email us, tweet us @BBC_Cumbria or contact us via Facebook.  

You can follow the Trident debate in the House of Commons here, or of course watch it live on BBC Parliament.

Have a very good evening.

Weather: A chance of sunshine this evening

It's likely to remain cloudy in most places -- but warm with highs reaching around 21C (70F) and there could be some sunshine in the evening. It's likely to remain very warm overnight.

Weather graphic

You can see the latest forecast for where you are, here.

Ex-minister pledges submarine start this year

Work should start on the first of the new Trident submarines later this year, if the House of Commons supports the programme this evening, according to an MP in his final hours as a junior minister.

Philip Dunne

Philip Dunne told BBC Radio Cumbria: "Our current class of Vanguard submarines will need to be replaced in the 2030s and today's vote starts that process, allows us to begin to cut steel on the first Successor boat later this year and that programme will then be a committed part of the Government programme."

The Prime Minister Theresa May is expected to open the debate this afternoon.

Shipyard will start hiring as Trident successor orders come in

There are already 1,700 people working on designs for the submarines that would replace the Vanguard class which has carried Britain's Trident nuclear missiles since 1994.

Devonshire Dock Hall, Barrow
Getty Images/Christopher Furlong

The shipyard currently employs about 8,000 people, most still completing the programme of Astute class submarines.

But after the debate in the House of Commons today, if the government as expected wins the vote, the shipyard will start cutting steel for the huge hulls.

The workforce is expected to peak at 9,000, with workers transferring from the Astute boats as they are completed and an extra 1,000 or so taken on for the peak workload.

No price has been put on the contracts, but estimates have started at about £31bn.

Prime Minister to open Trident debate

The Prime Minister Theresa May will open this afternoon's debate on the future of Britain's nuclear deterrent.

The motion includes the House supporting the replacement of the current Vanguard Class submarines with four Successor submarines and recognising the importance of the programme to the UK's defence industrial base and "in supporting thousands of highly skilled engineering jobs".

You can follow the debate here.

Kendal 'BID' gets big firm backing

The Kendal Business Improvement District scheme been picked to be part of a national programme, meaning it will get extra support from a number of national retail brands including Greggs, Marks and Spencer and Boots.

Kendal, Stricklandgate

The Kendal BID has already started several projects including a loyalty card that has 12,000 members.

Brian Harrison of the Federation of Small Business, who's one of the BID directors, said support from Healthy High Streets would help complete trial Park and Ride and Park and Cycle schemes.

There will be new bus shelters and secure boxes for cycle storage.

Appleby people asked how horse fair was for them

People living in Appleby will get a chance this evening to give their opinions on how last month's horse fair was managed. 

Bowtop caravans
Christopher Furlong/Getty

Thousands of people gathered in the town for the annual event, which dates back to the medieval times. 

The various councils and emergency services that cope with the event have organised the meeting tonight between 19:00 and 21:00 in the Public Hall in Appleby.  

Listen: How Britain's nuclear punch compares

Andrea Berger from the Royal United Services Institute compares the UK's nuclear weapons to other systems around the world, for PM on BBC Radio 4.  

Andrea Berger compares our nuclear weapons systems to other countries

Serious case review published into death of boy by morphine

A serious case review that investigated the death of a 13-year-old boy after he was given a morphine tablet by his father has been published.

Kye Backhouse
Cumbria Police

Kye Backhouse died in 2014. His father Kevin was jailed for four years for manslaughter the following year.

Backhouse gave his son the tablet because Kye had complained of a headache.

The report says more could have been done about Kye's persistent truancy, but this was unrelated to his death.

The Cumbria Local Safeguarding Children Board says it has learned lessons around how schools deal with non-attendance, which will be communicated to schools.

Weather: Clouds should thin and break

BBC Weather

Clouds should soon start to thin and break with some good spells of sunshine throughout the afternoon. 

There's a risk of one or two isolated showers. Temperatures should rise to 22C (70F).

Weather graphic

You can find the latest forecast for where you are here.

SNP: We want a nuke-free Scotland

The Scottish National Party's expected to vote solidly against rneweing Britain's nuclear deterrent in the House of Commons debate later today.

Brendan O'Hara

Brendan O'Hara, the SNP defence spokesman, told the BBC his party would support retraining and diversifying the defence industry.

His party would not support closing the Faslane base, which is home to the current Trident fleet, but would want to see it converted to a "conventional naval base".

You can see the latest developments through the debate this evening here.

Travel: Queues eastbound on A69

BBC Travel

Roadworks are causing queuing traffic on A69 eastbound between Carlisle and the Waters Meet junction at Warwick Bridge. 

You can find the latest travel reports here.

Town coach: We've won a chance in local derby

Workington Town head coach Phil Veivers says yesterday's 30-28 win against Whitehaven has given his team a chance to "dig themselves out of the mire". 

His side are are now just five points adrift in the relegation places.

Travel: Signals hitch slows West Coast trains

BBC Travel

Delays of up to 10 minutes on Virgin Trains West Coast between Carlisle and Glasgow Central are being reported because of  signalling problem between Lockerbie and Carstairs.  

You can get the latest travel news for rail services here.

Met Office warns of thunderstorms rumbling in

The Met Office says there's a threat of thunderstorms over the county through the middle of the week.

It's just published a yellow warning - the lowest level - starting at 17:00 tomorrow.

The risk, it says, will be greatest on Wednesday.

You can find the latest BBC Weather forecast here.

Trident: Where the public stands

Public opinion remains broadly in support of Britain having its own nuclear deterrent, according to polling organisations.

And according to Joe Twyman of YouGov, it's not high on most people's agendas at all.

He was on the Today programme on BBC Radio 4 this morning and you can see the interview here.

YouGov's Joe Twyman explains the polling on Trident

Engineers will run cable under deepest lake to keep the lights on in Wasdale

Engineers are starting work today on a £500,000 project to upgrade the power supply to the remote community of Wasdale Head, at the foot of Scafell Pike.

Cable drum being lowered
Electricity North West

Eleven homes were cut off when the first cable, installed in 1977, failed four years ago. Then it cost £750,000 to install a replacement for the faulty stretch (pictured).

This new project will complete the replacement of the network, with some work along the lakeshore road starting today and more than two miles of cable being laid beneath Wastwater, England's deepest lake, in October.

Hospital starts hard line on careless parking

The trust that runs the Cumberland Infirmary says that from today people who park badly will be fined at least £40.

The trust says it's responding to concern from the ambulance and fire services, and the police, that people are parking in areas reserved for access by the emergency services.

Patients and visitors complain that there's not enough parking on the hospital site, but the trust says it's providing new spaces.

Barrow MP: 'This is to save Corbyn's blushes'

Barrow's Labour MP John Woodcock says his party's policy is to support Trident, and that should be supported by all the party's MPs when the vote happens in the Commons this evening.

John Woodcock

It is hard to understand why there is a free vote on such a fundamental matter of national security except to save the blushes of a leader who doesn't believe in the Labour Party's established policies."

The importance of the nuclear programme to Barrow's reflected in its parliamentary politics. 

In 1983, the Conservative Cecil Franks won the seat of Barrow and Furness because the Labour party under the leadership of Michael Foot was seen as a threat to the shipyard.

Cecil Franks

Mr Franks held the seat until 1992.

You can keep up to date with the political developments here.

Meals grant cut 'will hit primary schools'

Staff at some of Cumbria's smaller schools say they are having to cut the hours of their teaching assistants to ensure they can continue to serve free meals for infants. 

Schools with fewer than 150 pupils had been given more than £2,000 a year from the government to help pay for the free meals for four to seven-year-olds - but that grant has been stopped this month. 

Cumbria County Council says it not aware of any school where the meal service is under threat, but head teachers say without the additional funding, they're having to make other savings

Cartmel Primary School

Rachel Battersby from Cartmel Primary School says: "Cuts will have to be made in other places so it might impact on the resources we can have for enrichment activities, we might have to starting asking patients to contribute to trips."

Cumberland chase 260 target

Cumberland are 129 for 2 going into the middle day of their three-day Minor Counties match against Cambridgshire at Netherfield. The visitors were all out for 260 yesterday - a lead of 131.

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Always at sea: The submarines that carry Britain's nuclear weapons

When MPs vote on the successor to the Trident nuclear system this evening, they'll be voting for the construction of four vessels to replace the fleet of Vanguard class boats that will become obsolete by 2030

Submarine graphic

The submarine on patrol can be anywhere beneath a huge area of ocean, as long as it is within range of its likely targets.

Behind the vote lies a whole philosophy of how Britain should defend itself.

Decisions have to be taken years ahead, because the new submarines take so long to develop - up to 17 years.

And even the initial decision to start design work created 200 jobs at the Barrow shipyard.

You can keep up to date with developments this evening here.

40,000 sign petition against Trident successor as the long debate goes on

For 70 years controversy's continued over whether Britain should even have a single nuclear weapon.

Aldermaston March
Getty Images/Central Press

The Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament began protesting against Britain having nuclear weapons in the late 1950s.

Before the debate starts today, CND members will hand in a petition with 40,000 signatures calling for the Successor programme, and the new project is known, to be scrapped.  

MPs to get free vote on Trident renewal

Labour MPs are being given a free vote on the debate in the Commons today on whether Britain should continue to have a new nuclear deterrent carried on submarines built in Barrow.

The party leader Jeremy Corbyn has always opposed British nuclear weapons and he says the vote is continuing within the party on whether that should become Labour policy.

He said:

I had a mandate for my position which was opposition to renewal of Trident because I want to live in a nuclear free world."

The huge hall where the Trident subs are built - and where every job 'supports eight others'

Every job at the BAE shipyard in Barrow that will  be secured by today's vote in the Commons, would support up to eight others in the wider economy, according to officials.

Submarine construction hall

The submarine hulls are built in a huge construction hall at the BAE shipyard in Barrow.

Stuart Klosinski has been working to develop the economy since the start of the Vanguard project, and he now works for the Furness Economic Development Forum. 

He said: 

It'll be a major stimulus to the local economy, to supply chains, to people's aspirations, to jobs, particularly for young people, graduates, apprentices, it will ensure they've got a lifelong job, and well paid.

It will stimulate local supply chain activity and national supply chain activity, it'll actually be a period of prosperity that will last well into the late 2030s.

It spreads extra wealth throughout the economy."

Weather: Cloud lingering, but temperature rising

The cloud may linger across Cumbria today, but that won't stop the temperature rising to 21c (70F).

Weather graphic

You can find the latest forecast for where you are here.

MPs to vote on submarine 'Successor' programme

MPs will vote later this evening on whether to press ahead with a replacement for the Trident nuclear defence system, and the Barrow-built submarines that carry the missiles. 

Trident submarine

If most are in favour, billions of pounds would come to the Furness economy, where the replacement submarines - the Successor Boats - would be built. 

The new boats would replace the Vanguard class, that was built in the 1980s and 1990s.

The vote, which it's expected the government will win comfortably, would confirm the current policy of having four submarines, which allowing for maintenance and refits, means there is always one at sea.

Good morning and welcome to BBC Cumbria Live

Martin Lewes


We'll be keeping you updated with the news, weather and travel information through today until around 16:00.

As always - we'd like to hear your stories and see your pictures.  Email us, tweet us @BBC_Cumbria or contact us via Facebook.