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Tim Farron responds to Queen's Speech

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The MP for Westmorland and Lonsdale has criticised the vision of the Northern Powerhouse described in today's Queen's Speech.

Tim Farron said he welcomed some of the announcements made, including the increase in the personal allowance from £10,600 to £12,500, which he claims will directly benefit 42,500 people in Cumbria.

But the candidate for leader of the Lib Dems warned that Cumbria could be "left behind" as the Conservatives "rush to devolve power" to areas like Greater Manchester.

“In today’s Queen’s Speech we heard about the Northern Powerhouse.

For people in our area it is neither sufficiently ‘northern’, nor is it a ‘powerhouse’.

I will be urging the Government to give extra powers to areas like ours to allow us to take more control over transport, job growth and apprenticeships to allow our economy to grow."

– Tim Farron, MP


Man and child killed in A66 crash named

Tony and Michael Jopson Credit: Cumbria Police

A man and child who died following a road traffic collision on the A66 at Crackenthorpe have been named.

Michael Jopson, aged 25, and Tony Jopson, aged 18 months, both of Old Tebay, Penrith, died at the scene of the collision on Monday 25th May 2015.

Michael and his two sons were travelling in the Peugeot 307. The second child, aged under one, was taken to the Royal Victoria Infirmary. His condition is serious but stable.

The family have paid tribute to Michael and Tony in a statement issued via Cumbria Police.

The statement said:

"Michael was the centre of his family’s world, tragically taken he has left a world shattered. Loving and devoted husband, father, son, brother, nephew and cousin who has filled our lives with joy, smiles and happiness and whose jokes never got any better.

“Tony, our budding little gardener and minion super-fan, has been snatched from our hearts, taken too soon, leaving behind his little brother Logan who requires our prayers at this dreadful time.

“Devoted wife and mother Tamarah has been left with no words, and only the strength to focus on Logan’s recovery. To have had her soulmate and her first born, both of whom meant the world to her, taken from her so suddenly has caused great distress.

“Both Michael and Tony leave behind a big hole in the hearts of their immediate and extended family and friends who are all left in shock but would like to thank the local community for their support.

“Our thanks go to Cumbria Police, the North Air Ambulance Service and the team at the RVI Hospital, without whom Logan would not have received the critical medical attention he required.”

– Family statement

Police were called at 5:11pm following a two vehicle road traffic collision on the eastbound carriageway.

The vehicles involved were a HGV and a black Peugeot 307.

Michael and his two sons were travelling in the Peugeot 307. The second child, aged under 1, was taken to the Royal Victoria Infirmary. His condition is serious but stable.

The driver of the HGV, a 47 year old man from County Tyrone, was unhurt.

Police are appealing for any witnesses to the collision to contact police on 101 and ask to speak to the Operational Support Unit.

Work to reduce A66 flooding

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Work to reduce flooding incidents along a section of the A66 east of Keswick in Cumbria is set to get underway next week.

The £31,000 Highways England repairs are expected to last until Sunday 13 June.

The roadworks, just east of Briery Interchange with the A591, will focus on replacing damaged pipes and filters in the verge of the westbound carriageway.

Temporary traffic lights will be in operation at off-peak times between 9.30am and 3.30pm each day for the duration of the work and on occasion the lights will be in place around the clock.

A 40mph speed limit past the road works will also be in place.

Drivers should allow an extra ten minutes for journeys.

Inquest into death of Cumbrian sailor continues

Michael Hanlon Credit: Michael Hanlon Facebook Page

An inquest is currently taking place into the death of a Cumbrian sailor who died while working on a £65 million superyacht.

The coroner in Kendal was told 22-year-old Michael Hanlon, from Windermere, probably drowned after falling into the harbour from the luxury yacht "Faith" at Antibes in Southern France.

The inquest heard Mr Hanlon had been drinking in local bars before returning to the yacht on his own in April 2013.

His body was found by police divers a few hours later at the bottom of the harbour next to the yacht.

His family believe he fell while trying to climb on board.

The inquest is expected to finish later today.


Scottish Borders Council agrees to include Hornshole

The current Scottish Borders wards Credit: Scottish Borders Council

Scottish Borders Council is to include Hornshole in it's boundary commission submission following a public campaign.

The Council initially failed to oppose plans to remove the historic battleground from the Hawick and Denholm ward as part of revised local government boundaries.

But Burnfoot Community Council Chairman Michael Grieve started petition calling for the area to remain as part of the Hawick ward.

It has now been confirmed that the council has changed its position and will now include the historic site in its entry to the Local Government Boundary Commission.

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