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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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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)

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)
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