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County MPs close ranks over Parliament suspension

Cumbria's members of Parliament are closing party ranks over Prime Minister Boris Johnson's plan to suspend sittings for longer than usual over the party conference season.

Conservatives say the prorogation, as it is called, is a normal process that the government is entitled to arrange, but opposition MPs say it is a cynical move to limit the chance of blocking attempts to forbid a no-deal Brexit.

To throw away a very large percentage of those days is very clearly an attempt to avoid public and Parliamentary scrutiny."

Tim FarronLiberal Democrat MP for Westmorland and Lonsdale

There is still plenty of time for Parliament to discuss the major issue of the day which is Brexit."

John StevensonConservative MP for Carlisle

To suspend Parliament in the run-up to our leaving date from the European Union for such a length of time, I think, is deeply irresponsible."

Sue HaymanLabour MP for Workington
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Minister offers talks with MP on rural buses

Transport minister Nusrat Ghani has offered to meet a Cumbrian MP to discuss how to improve local bus services.

She made her offer after the Liberal Democrat member for Westmorland and Lonsdale, Tim Farron, said community services run by volunteers had become essential because of the way governments of all parties had allowed rural communities to become cut off.

MP calls for improvements in new tourism skills course

A Cumbrian MP has asked the government to re-think a new "T-level" course for young people so that it covers more skills needed in the county's tourism industry.

The Lib Dem Westmorland and Lonsdale MP Tim Farron says that what was planned to be a hospitality and catering course, equivalent to an A-Level, would now concentrate mainly on catering.

During Business Questions in the Commons, Mr Farron said that with 20,000 non-UK staff working in the Lake District tourism industry, there's what he called a "desperate need for homegrown talent", whether or not Britain leaves the EU.

The Department for Education said later that the content of the T level courses was still being developed.

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The government has watered down the already-delayed catering and hospitality T level so it no longer includes hospitality - will he undo this backwards move?"

Tim FarronMP for Westmorland and Lonsdale

These new T levels have been developed in conjunction with the sector, I hope he will acknowledge this is a great step forward."

Greg ClarkSecretary of State for Business

Kendal youngsters win award for beekeeping and MP's tour

Pupils from Heron Hill Primary School in Kendal who won a national award for beekeeping were shown around the House of Commons by the Westmorland and Lonsdale MP Tim Farron.

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MPs welcome Northern's new trains into Cumbria

Both south Cumbrian MPs have welcomed the deployment of Northern's new trains on to the services from Windermere and Barrow to Manchester Airport.

Both John Woodcock, the MP for Barrow and Furness, and Tim Farron from Westmorland and Lonsdale, have been scathing over several years about the train company's repeated failure to run reliable services on the Furness and Lakes Lines, and they praised local campaigners for keeping up the pressure.

The first of the new services left Barrow to cheers early this morning.

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Credit to the local management, they have understood the level of anger and frustration in the local community."

John Woodcock

Getting more people using a reliable and modern train service is vital not just for our local economy but also in reducing carbon emissions to help tackle the climate emergency.”

Tim Farron

Ambulance managers look where best to spend an extra £8.2m

The ambulance service covering Cumbria is reviewing its services to see where best to spend an extra £8.2m.

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A statement from the North West Ambulance Service said the money could be spent on new vehicles, extending the hours of existing services, or initiatives such as see and treat, where paramedics go to patients and treat them on the scene, rather than taking them to a hospital casualty department.

The announcement was given a guarded welcome by the Westmorland and Lonsdale MP Tim Farron, who recently met the health minister Stephen Hammond, telling him the North West had half the number of ambulances per head of population compared to London.

Mr Farron said he had an influx of constituents saying they had faced long waits for ambulances.

We need a cast iron guarantee that we will see some of these ambulances here in the South Lakes.”

Tim FarronLiberal Democrat MP for Westmorland and Lonsdale

MP renews drive to limit second homes market

The MP for Westmorland and Lonsdale has renewed his campaign for the Government to address the high number of second homes in the Lake District.

Speaking in the Commons, the Liberal Democrat Tim Farron highighted a report from the Resolution Foundation about the rise in the number of people owning more than one property, either as a buy-to-let or as a holiday home.

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Mr Farron called for changes in regulations to control the number of second or holiday homes, but the Secretary of State, James Brokenshire, said the answer was to make sure more houses were built.

Will the minister agree to change planning and tax regulations so we can limit second home ownership and give our young people the chance of a place to call their own?"

Tim Farron

MP calls for post offices to get more money for banking

The Westmorland and Lonsdale MP Tim Farron has called for post offices to get more money for taking on services as banks close branches.

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Lib Dem MP Mr Farron said the silver lining from bank branches closing was that it gave local post offices a chance to earn more money.

But he said that even with the rates post offices earned for the business tripling, it was still not enough.

The post office minister Kelly Tolhurst said the income had increased significantly.

The reality is that they are getting a few pence for every £1,000 of work that they do for the banks, so a trebling is still a pittance."

Tim Farron

In fact, the remuneration has doubled and trebled; it has increased significantly."

Kelly Tolhurst