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  1. Updates on Monday 12 June 2017

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  1. As it happened: BBC Cumbria Live

    Lee Macaulay

    Journalist, BBC Cumbria

    Our updates have now ended for the day.

    We'll be back tomorrow morning from 08:00 with the latest news, sport, weather and travel.

    Here's a recap of what we've covered today:

    • A former Barrow midwife has asked a disciplinary panel to strike her off the nursing register.
    • Sellafield contractors have agreed to return to work following concerns over the condition of a changing room on site.
    • A group representing the county's businesses has called for political unity over Brexit to ensure negotiations go well.

    If you've got any stories or photos to share in the meantime, let us know by sending us an email or getting in touch via Facebook or Twitter.

  2. National call-up for Cumbrians in speedway and cricket

    BBC Radio Cumbria Sport

    Two Cumbrian sportsmen have been called up for their national teams.

    In speedway, Workington Comets rider Craig Cook has been asked to captain Great Britain by Speedway GB.

    He'll lead the Lions into their Event One clash Australia, USA and Czech Republic at King's Lynn on July 1.

    In cricket, Lancashire batsman Liam Livingston from Barrow has been called up for the England squad for the first time.

    He'll take part in the three match T20 series against South Africa.

  3. Watch: 'Willy Wonka' 90-mile wedding walk ends in Cumbria

    Here's something you don't see everyday.

    A Yorkshire man is walking 90 miles from Ilkley near Leeds to Bowness-on-Windermere where he's getting married dressed as the well-known Roald Dahl character Willy Wonka.

    William Whitaker picked the colourful costume because he runs his own chocolate firm in Skipton.

    He'll also be raising money during the walk for charity.

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    Video caption: The boss of Whitakers Chocolate's in Skipton
  4. BreakingFormer Barrow midwife admits she should be struck off nursing register

    Neil Smith

    South Cumbria journalist, BBC Cumbria

    A former senior midwife at Furness General Hospital has admitted repeatedly failing to properly investigate her colleagues' shortcomings.

    Jeanette Parkinson was maternity risk manager at the hospital during the period when 11 babies and one mother died because of care failings.

    As a misconduct hearing begins today, the Nursing and Midwifery Council has not yet revealed the charges she faces.

    Through a lawyer, she told the hearing that she did not dispute those charges, accepted that her fitness to practise is impaired and asked that she be struck off from the nursing and midwifery register.

    A panel is now expected to decide tomorrow to either accept her request or to hold a full hearing which could last up to four weeks.

    Furness General Hospital
  5. Football: Cumbrian manager lifts Under-20 World Cup with Young Lions

    BBC Radio Cumbria Sport

    Manager Paul Simpson celebrates England's Under 20 World Cup win

    Carlisle born Paul Simpson has praised his England team after they won the Under-20 World Cup, but says it is "too early" to call them the next golden generation.

    England beat Venezuela 1-0 in Sunday's final, to win the country's biggest international title since 1966.

  6. Cumbrian business group tells politicians to work together on Brexit

    Politicians from all parties need to come together in the national interest and agree a common position on leaving the European Union, according to the Cumbria Chamber of Commerce.

    The Chamber, which represents Cumbrian businesses, says that the uncertainty of having a minority government could hurt companies during Brexit negotiations.

    In a letter to its members, chief executive Rob Johnston says that Cumbrian businesses don't want Brexit to mean further barriers to trading abroad or bringing in workers from overseas:

    Quote Message: Business doesn't want to see a hard Brexit with export tariffs and barriers to recruiting migrant labour. We believe that Theresa May, or whoever succeeds her if she steps down, has to recognise that and start listening to business." from Rob Johnston Chief executive, Cumbria Chamber of Commerce
    Rob JohnstonChief executive, Cumbria Chamber of Commerce
  7. BreakingSellafield workers end their walk out

    Hundreds of contractors who walked out of the Sellafield nuclear site last week have returned to work.

    The 1,100 contractors were said to have taken the action last week following concerns about the condition inside a changing room on the site.

    The Unite union says that "it's confident" those issues can be resolved during talks with Sellafield later this week.

    Sellafield says it's aware of the issues and will work with the union to address their concerns.

  8. New county council leader to be chosen before end of the month

    Lee Macaulay

    Journalist, BBC Cumbria

    The new leader of Cumbria County Council will be elected by councillors before the end of June.

    Councillors will decide who will lead the authority at its Annual General Meeting on Thursday 29 June 2017.

    The meeting was due to take place following local elections in May 2017 but it was rescheduled until after the snap general election.

    Political make-up of Cumbria County Council

    The Conservatives are now the largest party on the council, but do not have enough councillors to have an overall majority.

    Most recently, the authority has been controlled by a Labour/Liberal Democrat coalition.

  9. Your photos: Derwentwater

    Lee Macaulay

    Journalist, BBC Cumbria


    Thank you to Christine Duff from Tynemouth for sending in this picture of Derwentwater.

    If you've got a photo you'd like to share, get in touch by sending us an email or on social media via Facebook or Twitter.

  10. Watch: Behind the scenes at Lowther Castle

    Here's a video that's been getting watched on BBC Cumbria's Facebook page.

    It's a chance to look at the new gardens and exhibition at Lowther Castle.

    It includes a new gallery which recreates the dinner table set up to welcome German Emperor Kaiser Wilhelm to the castle in 1895.

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  11. Westmorland candidate Mr Fishfinger promises to run again

    BBC Radio Sheffield

    Things can only get batter, according to the man who tried to unseat the Liberal Democrat leader Tim Farron.

    Speaking to BBC Radio Sheffield, Westmorland and Lonsdale candidate Mr Fishfinger explained that he plans to stand again for Parliament after consulting his social media followers on where to take his campaign.

    In last week's general election, he received 309 votes from people living in the constituency.

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    Video caption: Mr Fishfinger to stand again to be an MP
  12. Watch: Cumbrian film on history of learning disabilities

    A group of Cumbrian young people have produced a film examining the history of learning disabilities.

    The full film made with the help of Carlisle Mencap can be watched at Tullie House museum in Carlisle.

    Here's just part of the film which has been shared on BBC Cumbria's Facebook page.

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  13. Nuclear workers to reconsider walk out 'over changing room' today

    BBC Radio Cumbria

    Sellafield nuclear site

    Just over a thousand contractors are expected to go back to work on the Sellafield nuclear site today after walking out late last week.

    BBC Radio Cumbria understands that members of the Unite union were protesting about the conditions in a changing room at the facility.

    1,100 scaffolders, electricians and mechanical workers walked off site on Wednesday morning but are expected to return today to reconsider the situation.

    Sellafield Limited said it was aware of an industrial relations issue, but that steps had been taken to make sure that safety, security and operations weren't affected.

  14. Unsuccessful Conservative candidate backs Theresa May

    BBC Radio Cumbria

    The Prime Minister is due to face questions from Conservative MPs after the party lost its Parliamentary majority in the snap general election last week.

    The Conservative candidate for Westmorland and Lonsdale and Conservative group leader on Cumbria County Council, James Airey, lost out to the Liberal Democrat leader Tim Farron but managed to reduce his majority by thousands.

    He told BBC Radio Cumbria's Mike Zeller that now is the wrong time for a Conservative leadership contest.

    Quote Message: The country needs some stability now going forward and whatever the result, we won the election, that's clear and Theresa May is the right person to lead us forward." from James Airey Conservative group leader, Cumbria County Council
    James AireyConservative group leader, Cumbria County Council