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Ed Balls visits Carlisle

Ed Balls visited Little Luv's nursery Credit: ITV Border

With just 10 days left until the General Election, the Shadow Chancellor of the Exchequer Ed Balls visited a Sure Start Centre in Carlisle today.

He was at the Little Luv's nursery at Petteril Bank Community Centre, where he interacted with staff and children alike.

Carlisle is seen as a key seat at this election - the Conservatives won it five years ago but with a majority of less than a thousand votes.

Our reporter Tim Backshall went to meet the shadow chancellor to ask him whether his party would rule out a deal with the SNP, and whether Labour can be trusted by businesses.

When question whether his party would consider an agreement with the SNP if there was a hung parliament after the General Election, the Shadow Chancellor answered with an unequivocal no.

Talks, deals, coalitions, pacts, unequivocally no.

There will be no deal between Labour and the SNP. We're fighting for a majority.

We will implement a Labour budget and we're not going to start negotiating our budget in government with a party that wants to break up the United Kingdom."

– Ed Balls, Shadow Chancellor of the Exchequer

A letter released today, which was signed by five thousand businesses nationally, warned that a Labour Government would be risky for the economy.

When asked about it, Mr Balls said those numbers were not all they seemed.

Look, already today that's been unravelling with businesses taking themselves off the Conservative list but in the end it's not the number of people the Conservatives can get to sign up on the Tory party website.

"It's who's got the best policies for business and we're the party which is saying we're not going to cut the main corporation tax rate for large companies, we'll cut and freeze the business rate for 1.5 million small business properties."

– Ed Balls, Shadow Chancellor of the Exchequer

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Traffic leaves aid workers unable to reach villages

Roads in and out of the Nepalese capital remain heavily blocked due to landslides, leaving aid effort stuck miles from the area it is needed most, ITV News Correspondent Dan Rivers reports.

While the landslides are understood to have been cleared, traffic is so heavily backed up that some people say they have been queuing for more than 20 hours.

Many of the worst-affected areas are thought to be right up on the hilltops - densely-packed villages of small houses which in a lot of cases have yet to be contacted.

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Nepal earthquake: UK aid plane forced to land in India

A plane carrying British aid workers has been forced to land in India after a failed attempt to reach Kathmandu.

Jonathan Swain, correspondent for ITV's Good Morning Britain reports:

Ed Balls visits Carlisle on campaign trail

Shadow Chancellor of the Exchequer Ed Balls at the Carlisle South Sure Start Centre Credit: ITV Border

Shadow Chancellor of the Exchequer Ed Balls is campaigning in Carlisle today, ahead of the general election in ten days time.

The city is considered a key marginal seat as the Conservative Party took it at the 2010 election with a majority of just 853 votes.

Before that, it had been represented by Labour for more than 40 years.

At this general election the seat is being contested by:

  • Alfred Okam (Independent)
  • Fiona Mills (UKIP)
  • Helen Davison (Green Party)
  • John Stevenson (Conservative)
  • Lee Sherriff (Labour)
  • Loraine Birchall (Liberal Democrats)

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Man crushed by car in Ambleside

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A man has been severely injured after being crushed between a car and a wall in Ambleside this morning.

The Great North Air Ambulance was called to the scene in the middle of the town, where paramedics treated the 48-year-old from Cambridge.

He had sustained serious chest injuries and was flown to Preston, where his condition was stable upon arrival.

Police warned drivers this morning that traffic disruption was to be expected on the the A591 at Market Place.

Labour Lords campaign in Carlisle

Roger Liddle, Lee Sherriff, Melvyn Bragg and Frank Judd at a Labour stall in the city centre Credit: ITV Border

Three Labour Lords have been in Carlisle this morning supporting the party's parliamentary candidate Lee Sherriff.

Roger Liddle , Melvyn Bragg, and Frank Judd helped man a stall and met with voters in the city centre ahead of the election in just under two weeks time.

Carlisle is considered a key marginal seat as the Conservative Party took it at the 2010 election with a majority of just 853 votes.

Before that, it had been represented by Labour for more than 40 years.

At this general election the seat is being contested by

  • Alfred Okam (Independent)
  • Fiona Mills (UKIP)
  • Helen Davison (Green Party)
  • John Stevenson (Conservative)
  • Lee Sherriff (Labour)
  • Loraine Birchall (Liberal Democrats)

Dumfries man among those missing in Nepal

Rescue workers clear debris from a collapsed house in the ancient city of Bhaktapur Credit: Reuters

A 22-year-old from Dumfries is believed to be missing following Saturday's earthquake in Nepal.

Ross Cameron Smith is among 90 British and Irish nationals registered on a list of those thought to be missing following the earthquake.

The online list has been put together by the International Committee of the Red Cross and includes updates on those found

You can register a missing person here.

Also included on the list are a number of people registered as from the UK with no known region or town:

  • Adam Powell, 45, Great Britain
  • Andrew Robertson, 56, England
  • Chloe Pincho, 27, England
  • Emma Louise Waterton, 37, UK
  • Jack Kilpatrick, 24, England
  • Jack Young, 21, England
  • Janet Brownlie, 59, UK
  • Jonathan Hikmet, 25, UK
  • Jonathan William Blott, 24, UK
  • Kathleen R Fellows, 70, England
  • Lloyd Davies, 22, UK
  • Martin Oppenheim, 65, England
  • Maurice Hanley, 54, England
  • Ruth Millington, 25, UK
  • Simon Charlesworth, 49, UK
  • Terry Tremble, 56, England
  • Tracy Ruth Powell, 45, UK
  • Victoria Barkas, 34, United Kingdom

Sir Chris Bonington calls for more aid for Nepal

A man sits on the wreckage of his home in Bhaktapur Credit: Reuters

Sir Chris Bonington, who climbed to the summit of Everest in 1985 and led the first successful ascent of the Southwest Face, has called for more aid for Nepal.

The number of people killed following this weekend's Nepal earthquake has risen to more than 3,700, according to a home ministry official.

Thousands more have been sleeping in the open while authorities attempted to deal with the threat of disease, as well as a shortage of drinking water, food, and electricity.

It's an appalling disaster.

"Whole villages and whole communities have been destroyed. There's an urgent need for long term help. I'm afraid the casualty rate is continuing to rise. The loss of life is going to be a lot higher but that's just the start of the disaster.

"People's homes and livelihoods have been destroyed. We need well administered and effective aid from the Government and from the many, many generous people in this country."

– Sir Chris Bonington
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